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U-watsi by V4m2c4 U-watsi by V4m2c4

Semi aquatic herbivores, the U-watsi live in tight-nit family groups. Females carry their "exposed fetuses" up to the birthing, where they then expel, the fully capable offspring, into bodies of water. There the chicks will grow and undergo their metamorphosis to their adult form.

A symbiotic relationship is common between the U-watsi and Ka-wenu. while the U-watsi has a superb sense of smell the Ka-wenu has keen eye sight. The Ka-wenu also feeds on parasites especially those which are detrimental to the fetal growth. Ka-wenu are highly territorial of their U-watsi, especially male U-watsi, as female Ka-wenu lay their single egg within their dorsal fans.

I put a little hight comparison chart there to help everyone get a better understanding of scale.
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firewyrm2018 Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
reminds me of the sand beasts for a book I read a wile ago. 
Exept the sand beasts had exposed stomach sacs that would detach when full, then the creature would lay eggs in them. 
Roflhoundx Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your imagination is wild dude. xD
I have a feeling you're going to be the next avatar creature designer. I wouldn't be surprised if they came across your designs and requested some stuff. Great designs and colouring, too. I can never seem to get the textures OR colouring right. 
WOW that is so nice of you to say!! I hope that happens! 
Hehe no problem you deserve it. I'll also wait eagerly for your art to make it big x3
Reminds me of a mandrill :)
blakjak21 Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the concept : p
palaeorigamipete Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I see U rollin I likin :D
DOCNFOID Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The detail is fantastic, and the coloration is great. This creature definitely looks alien and unusual. The musculature is impressive.

But I have to ask. What is the evolutionary advantage to having exposed fetuses in (what appear to be) delicate sacs? They appear to be easily removable (maybe I'm wrong here). I don't understand what the purpose of this adaptation is.
The idea behind the exposed fetuses is similar to that of amphibian eggs, except the fetus still receives some nutrients and protection of its mother. This image is later in the eggs development so they begin to loosen and sag, yet the "eggs" themselves are still durable and tough made up of a flexible skin. the mother will eventually expel the "chicks" into a pond where they live their first stage of life as solely aquatic creatures who will eventually "metamorphosize" into a semi-aquatic terrestrial adult.
so all in all its purpose allows for-
longer gestation period
protection of its mother
receives added nutrients
it allows the parent to still graze and move without being stuck to a specific area, there is no need to nest and brood.
I hope that clears things up!
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