Lurkerfish

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A Lurkerfish[1a]

Lurkerfish are predatory fish that lurk in mud and weeds close to riverbanks and shorelines.[1a]

Specialized for ambushing land dwellers, they conceal themselves below the waterline and push their glowing head fin above the surface. Its slow waving motion and blue-green light attracts animals and intelligent beings alike, causing a kind of stupefaction in those who watch for too long. Once they are close enough the Lurkerfish launches itself towards them and bites on. Capable of surviving out of water briefly, the fish will tear a chunk of meat away and then flop itself back to the bank.[1a]

Dangerous as they are, Lurkerfish can also provide a tasty meal for those brave enough to catch them.[1a]

It was a Lurkerfish that took the hand of the infamous Long Drong Slayer, captain of the Long Drong's Slayer Pirates mercenary band, and the reason why he now wears a hooked prosthetic.[1b]

Habitat

Lurkerfish are not sea-dwelling animals, preferring instead brackish or fresh water habitats adjacent to the Sea of Claws, like the fjords of Norsca and riverbanks of the rivers Salz, Lynsk, and Sannez.[1a]

Notes

Clearly based on real world anglerfish, with the interesting twist of changing them from a deep sea dweller to a riverine ambusher.

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