Marine Animals

Bint: There are two types of bints. One is a small, carnivorous freshwater fish, like a piranha, that inhabits the rivers of the rainforests. A large school of bints can strip a carcass bare in minutes. The other type is a fanged, carnivorous marsh eel.

Carp: A carp of the Vosk Delta.

Clam, Tamber: This is a shellfish of the Tamber Gulf. The polished shells are generally used in making cheap jewelry, though certain shells can be quite valuable.

Crayfish: No description was found. It is most likely similar to the Earth variety.

Cuttlefish: No description was found. It is most likely similar to the Earth variety.

Eels: There are several varieties, including dock eels, river eels, black eels, spotted eels, carnivorous eels, and Vosk eels. The dock eel is a black freshwater fish, about four feet long and weighing eight to ten pounds. It is carnivorous, living in the shallow waters around the docks of most river ports.

Gint: There are two types of gints. One is a tiny, six-inch freshwater fish inhabiting the rainforests. It has bulbous eyes and flipper-like fins. It is amphibious and capable of walking on its pectorals. It is often found feeding off the scraps of tharlarion kills. It is similar to the Earth lungfish. It suns itself on exposed roots near the river, remaining close to the water. It may even rest on the backs of resting or sleeping tharlarion. There is also a giant gint in the rainforests that is about ten feet long, weighs a thousand pounds and has a four-spined dorsal fin.

Grunt: This is a carnivorous fish found in a number of varieties. There is the great speckled grunt and the white grunt, whose tiny black eggs are a delicacy. The northernmost white-bellied grunt is a salt water variety that is always described as large. It is a game fish which feeds on parsit fish. Its southern cousin, the small fresh water blue grunt, is found in waters of the Schendi region. It is particularly voracious in the hours that precede its mating period. This species is often attracted by the scent of blood like a shark. They are also more of a threat when they school and not when a solitary individual is encountered.

Lelt: This is a small blind fish that measures five to seven inches long. It has fern-like filaments at either side of the head which are its sensory organs. It is white with long fins and swims slowly. It inhabits the brine pits and is the main food of the salt shark.

Moccasin: Known as the marsh moccasin, this reptile is a rare, poisonous, triangular-headed snake found in the waters of the Vosk marsh. It is described as dark and five feet in length.

Oyster: This is an oyster that is found in the Vosk Delta.

Parsit: There are several types of this slender, silvery fish with brown stripes. It is a migratory fish and the principal prey of sea sleen. It is a staple of Torvaldslanders. It is used raw in the gruel of bond-maids. The fish is used in trade, salted or dried.

Pike: This is a carnivorous fish about fifteen inches long.

Saurian: The term saurian simply means “lizard” and refers to a reptile. One variety of this rare marine monster is an unusual sight but harmless. This reminds one of a species of predatory marine reptile called a plesiosaur from Earth’s prehistory.

The plesiosaur had a small, short head, a long, snake-like neck, a broad, solid body, and a short tail. Its sharp, interlocking teeth were well equipped for catching fish, and its four paddle-like legs were similar to those of a marine turtle. In total length, a plesiosaurus ranged from 10 to 60 ft (318m).

Shark: There are several varieties of sharks on Gor, saltwater and freshwater. The common shark is nine-gilled and its skin is very rough and abrasive. Its body is eel-like, long and narrow. Varieties include river sharks, salt shark, marsh shark, white sharks of the north and the Vosk and Laurius sharks. The salt shark is commonly over twelve feet long, with a sickle-like tail. It has several rows of triangular teeth and a sail-like dorsal fin. It inhabits brine pits such as those of the Tahari region.

Sleen, Sea: This is a large, fanged aquatic mammal more common to the northern waters and hunted for its pelts. It is said to be the swiftest predator in Thassa and found in many varieties. It can measure as much as 20 feet in length and weigh as much as 1000 pounds. The four most common are the black, the brown, the flat-nosed and the tusked sea sleen. Other varieties include the rogue sleen and a reference to a white spotted sea sleen.

Snail: This is a marine snail that is edible, similar to escargot.

Sorp, Vosk: This giant-shelled mollusk creates pearls like an oyster. Its blood is used for dye. Its shell is so large it can be used as a chair.

Tharlarion, Marsh and Water: Sea tharlarion are immune to the poison of Cosian wingfish. They grow up to thirty feet and more in length and have a yellowish, slatted belly. There are tiny water tharlarion, about six inches long, that are little more than teeth and tail, like piranha. Some live in the swamps. There are also marsh tharlarion and river tharlarion. River tharlarion are long-necked, web-footed, and scaled. Some of them are herbivorous and can be domesticated. They may be used to tow barges on the Cartius River.

Whale: There are several varieties of whales on Gor, including the karl whale and the Hunjer long whale. The karl whale is a four-fluked baleen whale of the northern waters. The Hunjer whale is a rare toothed black whale which eats cuttlefish.

Wingfish, Cosian: This is a tiny, delicate fish, about the size of a tarn disk when curled in one's hand. It is blue in color and has three or four slender spines in its dorsal fin that are poisonous. It can hurl itself from the water and glide through the air for brief distances on its stiff pectoral fins. It does this to evade sea-tharlarion who are immune to their poison. It is sometimes called the songfish because of the whistling sound they make in courting rituals. The fish thrust their heads out of the water to whistle. The blue, four-spined variety is only found in Cosian waters. Larger varieties are found farther out to sea. It is a great delicacy, especially its liver.