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Shark

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(Creature)
Type Animal
(aquatic)
CR 2
Environment Any ocean
Alignment
Adjective Shark-like, sharkish
Images of sharks

Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 247
Dire shark
(Creature)
Type Animal
(aquatic)
CR 9
Environment Any ocean
Alignment
Images of sharks

Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 247
Great white shark

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(Creature)
Type Animal
(aquatic)
CR 4
Environment Any ocean
Alignment
Images of sharks

Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 247
Hammerhead shark
A hammerhead shark
(Creature)
Type Animal
(aquatic)
CR 3
Environment Any ocean
Alignment
Images of sharks

Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 247
Jigsaw shark
A jigsaw shark attack
(Creature)
Type Animal
(aquatic)
CR 1
Environment Temperate ocean
Alignment
Images of sharks

Source: The Inner Sea World Guide, pg(s). 255
Tiger shark
(Creature)
Type Animal
(aquatic)
CR 3
Environment Any ocean
Alignment
Images of sharks

Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 247

Sharks are a group of fish found throughout the seas of Golarion characterized by pectoral fins and five to seven gills on the sides of their head. Dangerous predators, they have evolved over the eons into the perfect, aquatic killing machines.[1]

Species of shark

Blue shark

Blue sharks inhabit the warmer oceans of the world, although they sometime migrate to cooler waters, and can be quite aggressive.[2][1]

Dire shark

Also known as megalodons, dire sharks are a true terror of the seas. Their enormous size (they can grow over 60 feet long and weigh upwards of 100,000 pounds) gives them the ability to be a threat to even the largest ocean-going vessels.[1]

Great white shark

Great white sharks are among the largest species of normal shark found on Golarion, and have a reputation of being fierce man-eaters.[1]

Hammerhead shark

This larger species of shark has a noticeably hammer-shaped head.[1]

Jigsaw shark

Jigsaw sharks are a smaller species of shark found off the coast of Varisia. They generally grow between five to eight feet in length, although some larger specimens have been spotted.[3][4]

Sharks of Lake Nirthran

Sharks are not only found on Golarion's surface waters. A species of giant bioluminescent shark is said to inhabit the deeper regions of Lake Nirthran in the Darklands realm of Sekamina.[5]

Tiger shark

This large and aggressive shark gets its name from the dark stripes over its body.[1]

Ecology

One would think that sharks are top predators, but Golarion's oceans, rivers, and lakes are dangerous enough that this is not the case. Of note are the giant shark-eating crabs that grow to be the size of a small hut, and the clever shapechangers known as selkies, both of which can be found in the cold waters off the coasts of the Lands of the Linnorm Kings.[6][7] Another creature with a taste for shark meat is the sea snail-like incutilis.[8]

On Golarion

Although hundreds of species of shark can be found off nearly any coast on Golarion, they seem to be particularly common in the Shackles. One of the largest islands in the archipelago is even named Shark Island.[9] Jigsaw sharks and great whites are frequently spotted off the Lost Coast of Varisia,[4] Even the cold waters of the Steaming Sea are home to aggressive shark species, such as the ones found off the city of Bildt in the Lands of the Linnorm Kings.[10][11] The gargantuan dire sharks have been spotted in the waters off the Ironbound Archipelago,[12] and the coasts of Varisia.[13]

Sharks are not only denizens of the sea, but can also be found in Golarion's rivers and lakes. These include the rivers near the settlement of Outsea in the River Kingdoms,[14] and Claybottom Lake in Varisa.[15]

Domestication

Intelligent aquatic races have been known to domesticate sharks for hunting or guard duty. An example of this can be found in the city of Absalom, where the local gillmen have begun training them to serve as bloodhounds to track escapees from the prison known as the Black Whale.[16] Undersea storm giants sometimes train larger shark species to serve as mounts or beasts of burden.[17] Shark-like themselves, sahuagin commonly domesticate these animals.[18] Sharks are also sometimes taken as animal companions by water-breathing or sea-dwelling druids[19][20] and rangers.[21]

Sharklike creatures

Quite a few of Golarion's species have sharklike features, most often because of magical experimentation and breeding, although this seems to not always be the case. These include the wereshark[22] and their distant descendants, the skinwalkers known as seascarred.[23] Inscrutable shark-men called kaneano live near Ilizmagorti on Mediogalti Island,[24] and may be related to the fearsome and malevolent adaro.[25] The intelligent sahuagin are often referred to as being like sharks, but whether this is primarily because of their features, their ability to naturally communicate with them, or their predatory nature is hard to gauge.[26][27] One of the most bizarre sharklike creatures is the lusca, gargantuan magical monstrosities with three shark heads and the tentacles of an octopus.[28] Much smaller, but still terrifying, are bunyips, who combine the features of both sharks and seals.[29] On land, burrowing bulettes look so similar to sharks that they are commonly known as landsharks.[30]

Beyond Golarion

Like with many other creatures of the natural world, extraplanar versions of sharks exist in the Great Beyond. These include fiendish sharks that inhabit the waters of Tharsekti, the gnoll nation on Lamashtu's realm of the Abyss.[31] Other powerful beings have or take on the shapes of shark, such as the nascent demon lord Ovonovo, who claims all sharks under his areas of concern.[32]

Sharks in magic

Both sharks and dire sharks can be summoned for short periods using druidic magic, while their fiendish or celestial counterparts can be brought forth using arcane magic.[33]

External links

References

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