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Megasquid

The colossal megasquid, roughly the size of an elephant, crashes through the Northern Forest on powerful legs.

The Megasquid is a large, omnivorous terasquid from the Northern Forest of 200 million AD in the documentary The Future is Wild. It is the biggest of the Terasquids, as well as the biggest land animal of the time.

Larger and more massive than any living land animal (5 meters high and 8 tons in weight), a Megasquid can be seen pushing its way through the soaking vegetation, splintering conifer trunks and pulping the branches of lichen trees as it goes. Air passing through its body causes internal membranes (the megasquid's equivalent of vocal cords) to vibrate and amplify any sound it produced. The sound is amplified by means of a balloon-like sac on the terasquid's forehead which expands and vibrates like with the vocal sac of a frog. As it moves through the forest, the megasquid stakes its territory by bellowing out signals through the drumming rain.

Eight legs, each as broad as a tree trunk, support the beast as it lumbers through the forest, moving at speeds similar to a human's
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walking pace. When the animal is at rest, its legs are compressed and solid. An interlacing network of cartilage within each column locks together, forming a rigid support for the enormous weight of the animal. In motion, the limbs are lengthened, raising the Megasquid from the ground and allowing alternate pairs of legs to swing forward. Walking on eight legs is not easy, but the megasquid achieves it with a slow, fluid gait, in which two pairs on opposing sides of the body alternate turns with each stride.

A pair of large flexible tentacles reaches out in front of the megasquid, extending to 10 feet (roughly 3 meters) in length. With their dexterous tips, these tentacles gather fruit (especially lichen fruit), young leaves and shoots, as well as tree-dwelling creatures (especially squibbons) and their nests. Food is then delivered to the terasquid's mouth, at the center of its ring of legs. Despite its massive size, the Megasquid's food requirements are relatively small for its bulk. Being cold-blooded, it does not need to burn food to maintain its body temperature, and can stay constantly active due to gigantothermy. It therefore only needs about one-tenth of the amount of food that a similar-sized warm-blooded creature would require, thus only needing at most 30 pounds (13.5 kg) a day to survive. Consequently, the Northern Forest can support large populations of megasquid.

Unlike its ancestors, the Megasquid is not clever. However, it does not have to be. With plenty of food so readily available, the absence of predators to the adults, and movement achieved by the simplest of processes, the brain of a Megasquid is tiny. It weighs only one pound (450 grams). Nevertheless, the Megasquid are social creatures and constantly communicate with one another across the Northern Forest.

Sometimes, a Megasquid can be bodily hijacked by a slithersucker (deceiving the animal by pretending to be a lichen fruit) in order for the slime mold to get dispersed.

The Future is Wild Species
5 Million Years BabookariCarakillerCryptileDeathgleanerDesert rattlebackGannetwhaleGrykenScrofaShagratSnowstalkerSouth American rattlebackSpink
100 Million Years FalconflyFalse spitfire birdGrass treeGreat blue windrunnerLurkfishOcean phantom
PoggleRed algaeReef gliderRoachcutterSilver spiderSpindletrooperSpitfire beetleSpitfire birdSpitfire treeSwampusToraton
200 Million Years BumblebeetleDeathbottleDesert hopperForest flishGarden wormGloomwormLichen treeMegasquidOcean flishRainbow squidSharkopathSilverswimmerSlickribbonSlithersuckerSquibbonTerabyte

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