Beach Clongray

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The beach clongray is a peculiar creature derived from ancestral clongus stock. Rather than shooting mud at foes, they ended up digesting and extracting nutrients from it, eventually evolving to specialize entirely for this lifestyle. Now semiaquatic, the beach clongray spends its entire life slurping up microbes from the sand, both above the water and below it. To aid in underwater travel, the beach clongray can hold its breath for a fairly long time, with the skin also aiding somewhat in respiration. The beach clongray doesn’t actually filter microbes out of the sand, instead just swallowing the sand, digesting the microbes in it, and pooping out the inorganic material. The digestive patch on its chest still aids in feeding as well, with microbes stirred up by the mouth sticking to the patch and being digested. Two soft “fins” extend out from the clongray’s gastropod-like foot, allowing it to catch the waves in a similar manner to terran surfing snails. The foot can also be used to swim to better feeding locations where littoral microbes are scarce. Symbiotic bruh species (specifically, a derived species of The Bruh Within) dwell in its gut to help it digest assbrains and kin. While usually solitary like their ancestor, beach clongrays gather in large amounts near rivers and lakes during early fall to mate. In mid-fall, the female clongrays go back to the freshwater to lay their eggs. Due to their amphibious nature and lack of insulation, clongrays’ thermoregulatory abilities are poor, and few survive the harsh winters of southern Kamm. Instead, their eggs (which are further reinforced with a thicker and more rubbery cuticle) overwinter under the sand, emerging in spring as tiny baby clongrays which must migrate back to the beach.