Since we have announced what our first mascot is, we would like to explain just what it’s species is. This is an open species, meaning anyone and everyone is free to make a seapup for their selves if they so choose wish. You do however have to follow the species rules found below!(this is a fully fleshed out species so be prepared for a bit of a read)
So just what is a SeaPup? They an ancient species that was recently discovered by deep sea divers. They have been observed as living deep on the sea floor, or in dark unexplored caves on land. Most who see them tend to be a bit confused as they have the a head that resembles that of a puppies, the small flexible body of a squirrel, a dolphins tail and dorsal fins. Yet the oddest part of them is their single glowing antenni. This antenni acts as a mood ring and its glowing bulb changes color depending on the animals mood. Generally the color chart below has been observered as the standard for their colors and moods
Another confusing factor, scientists have yet to fully understand is their pupils. They have split into 3 distinct dots forming a triangle. It’s thought this has happed to allow better expanding and contracting given the low lighting commonly found in their dwellings
They also have a very unique genetic make up. Despite how little their bodies are, their bones are quite dense allowing them talk along sea floors with ease. They are still however great swimmers because of their strong dolphin like tails and all their fingers and toes are webbed.
Their fur despite soft to the touch is very dense and has water repelling qualities allowing them to stay dry despite being submerged in water. This also allows them to regulate their body head in the colder depths and caves. They will eat anything they can fit into their mouth. This includes plant life, and other creatures, bit odd though they have been known to eat their dead.
Mating is fairly simple and their season is late November early January.They do have their own special mating rituals. Males will adorn their fur with things such as pearls, seaweed and even seashells to attract a mate. The males who have the best looking fur decorations will then have to pass a “burrow” inspection. If the female finds the male and his home fitting she will allow him to mate with her. Usually the parents will only stay together till the offspring is old enough to leave home. But the species forming life long relationships with their mates is not uncommon, nor is finding them in a polyamrous relationship.
Instead of a sheath, males have a slit with a *cough* dolphins dong..Females will only lay one egg at a time which the mother protects in their pouch.Incubation lasts for 4 months and offspring may continue to use this pouch as a safe space 1-2 years after hatching.
Their personality over all has been observed to be more on the playful yet shy side. They like getting into things and causing trouble but because they are so small meeting people/ and doing new things can be a bit hard and this is where their shy side shows through.
Now newborns do not hatch with antenna or a fully developed tail,ears or dorsal fins. The cartilage in their ears/fins/tail do not harden nor stand up till age 5. Their pupils have also yet to split. But once they hit age 5 they become more curious and no longer use their mothers pouch for safety as they have become more curious about the world around them, their antenna has grown in and the cartilage in their ears/fins/tails have hardened and they now stand up right/ work correctly. They are considered a childed until age 14. Where they move into the young teen stage. By now their pupils have split and they have begun to understand the basics of hunting and being out on their own. Come age 18 they move onto the teenager phase of their life. Females(or those who identify as females) will stay in packs with their mothers and other females till they find a mate of their own. By this age they generally have a good sense of who they are personally while men(or those who identify as men), Leave home. They tend to be kind of brash and tend to get in trouble while finding a home of their own. Around age 25 all sea pups have reached sexual and mental maturity and have had at least one offspring of their own.Here they are only considered young adults. Many do not live past age 45.
ON TO THE SPECIFICS lol, There are 5 distinct different sexualities that have been found. It is how you tell them apart and when you make one you must only use one of these 5! it is how you tell their gender apart.
Females are the most basic of the genders as they have a single set of ears and a single dorsal fin. How ever they have a pouch on their belly for their eggs.
Males are a bit more complex as they have 2 sets of ears and 3 dorsal fins, where each one is smaller than the one before it.
Non binary pups are special as their tails are born with a pointed tip in the center where the notch would usually be seen, giving the tail a trident like look. They have a single set of ears, 2 dorsal fins. and some will graph a pouch on their bellies while others will not. They also have the unique ability to change their genitals between male and female
Trans male pups were born female but feel like they should be the other gender. They have taken medical steps to fix this. Keeping their ears as a single they have had 2 extra dorsal fins graphed onto their backs, given them the males distinct triple fins. Some if not most chose to have their pouches removed, as well as their genitals changed from female to male, how ever they lose the ability to have children.
Trans females were born male but feel as if they were born wrong. To fix this they had their extra dorsal fins. How ever they do keep their extra ears due to medial reasons. Some if not most get a pouch graphed onto their bellies as well have their genitals changed. However they lose the ability to have children.
There are no color restrictions for any of the sea pups, you can see them in the candy/plush/goo style gore. With exposed bones but never in the “skull dog/cat/ect” style. They are not aloud to be missing any limbs as it would hinder the creatures survival. Counting our mascot there are to-date(as far as we know) 15 different little seapups out there in the world and we would love to see the species grow. Despite these being open! If you would like to make and sell these as adopts you must get TVLs permission. If you do make one or two or three for your self we would love to see them