"Mosquito nets here are useless - better to use barbwire and sentries" - Fall expedition, 1936

Blood of the island

Water is the lifeblood of any ecosystem, and nowhere is this more evident than on Skull Island. High rainfall for much of the year ensures that a constant flow of water works its way across, into, and under the land. This constant flow sculpts the landforms, carves deep gullies, and levels the grasslands. It fills holes to create pools and murky swamps and feeds the ravenous jungle that swathes most of the island. It defines and sustains much of the land’s geography and feeds all of its inhabitants.

These extensive aquatic systems of streams, rivers, lakes and swamps are home to many of the island’s unique life forms. Microscopic, but vital, algae and protozoans bob along, drawn by the current. Swarming silver flashes of bony fish shoals, numbering in the thousands, wind like underwater trains through the boughs of wet-footed forests. Long-necked birds and thin-snouted fishing non-avian dinosaurs and reptiles stalk through marshy sinks. In the deep black-brown water of the wide, slow rivers, Leviathan-like killers sinuously slip unnoticed by the prey they mark.

Despite the serenity of the waters, Skull Island’s rivers and pools are at least as dangerous as the jungle. The deceptively serene waters hide a menagerie of terrifying creatures, among them, the nightmarish predator Piranhadon.

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