Daghadasi, named from an ancient Turkish word-combination meaning “mountain-island”, the ’daghasasi is a gigantic beast that really does resemble a free-floating island, complete with its own local flora and fauna. The largest specimens, the so-called Great Daghadasi or daghadadedes, frequently exceed two kilometers in length; some unverified reports have claimed sightings of behemoths 10 kilometers long. Most daghadasi are members of loosely knit herds, generally including at least one daghadadede and several dozen smaller individuals.

The lifecycle of the daghadasi has attracted a great deal of scientific interest. Daghadasi young grow as “buds”: parasitic growths on the walls of sheltered caverns in the parent’s side below the waterline. When the buds reach a length of 2-3 meters, they break free and join a community of free-swimming young which inhabit the waters close to the sheltering bulks of herd members.

A bewildering variety of lifeforms live and hunt along the flanks and ventral surfaces of the oldest dahadasi, and nearly all of these fall prey to the rapid strikes and shredding jaws of the juveniles — know as yavru (“young”) or daghsharks. These daghsharks eat and grow constantly. Very few survive to become adults since daghsharks eat each other as well as more defenseless prey, but a daghshark which survivies its early life can reach a lenght of 15 or 20 meters and weigh up to 60 tons.

At this phase of its life, the daghshark begins a gradual metamorphosis. It beomes less aggressive, seeking out swarms of skreekers by drifting or swimming along and inhaling through a circular anterior maw. Within a few years, the skin becomes thicker, tougher, and more convoluted; the creature grows in breath and, somewhat more slowly, in length, becoming less streamlined. It is now known as an adadlu (“Island-son”) or ogul (“son”).


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