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Dolphin-merfolk relations in the Stregaverse tend to either be very friendly (lots of boning) or the exact opposite. More than one asshole dolphin has choked down a Mer, giggled and swum off to digest its meal. Animalistic Mer in turn sometimes eat dolphins, and there are even a few dolphin-Mer hybrids (resembling dolphintaurs) who are almost always predatory.

Being air breathers, dolphins can't just park their bloated butt someplace, they need to rise to the surface to breathe. That means they can't usually ball up big prey in their gut and instead leave it stretched out in their gullet, often with a bit hanging out. As the (in this case) humanoid upper part of their meal is digested the tail will be drawn inward by muscular action until the Mer's (or fellow dolphin's or whatnot) flukes fold and disappear.

Having big prey partially in your stomach but mostly in your throat is a recipe for heartburn, but the dolphin still gets the better end of the deal. 83

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ChaoskampfNunc

Posted by ChaoskampfNunc 3 months ago Report

Bet it feels nice to have such a big wriggling prey squirming inside his tight throat

Fischie

Posted by Fischie 3 months ago Report

Now I am curious what an animalistic mer is^^
But for the dolphins I am sure some will go after mers to seek prey with benefits or just several flavours in one catch.

Strega

Posted by Strega 3 months ago Report

The root species of Mer have more or less human upper halves, the classic merpeople. Animalistic Mer are ones with animal-like features on their humanoid half. Some of them look like orca or dolphin or shark merpeople, which is probably a result of some of the aforementioned "very good relations’ a few generations back. Otter, sea lion and seal merpeople are almost as common, because Mer in general are pretty broad minded about who they’ll hop in bed with. 83

Fischie

Posted by Fischie 3 months ago Report

Then animalistic mer and dolphin interaction sounds like a lot of fun. And the whooe set reminds me a bit of an idea I had years back. I wanted to write about a human-merpeople conflict on an to be colonised planet. And the solution was to introduce sharks into the mix. Sadly never found a way to make it work without ending up writing a book.

Strega

Posted by Strega 3 months ago Report

I should draw a quick primer for Mer. They appear only rarely in my work but there is one who's shown up a few times, Qilal the dolphintaur. A sketchy drawing of all three times (classic, animalistic and hybrid) would help clarify matters. I also need a better word than 'animalistic.' I might just call those hybrids and have taurs as a rare offshoot.

Fischie

Posted by Fischie 3 months ago Report

I remember her and was wondering what became of her. She was one of my favourite preds back when she made frequent appearances. Her selfish cunning suited her well.
Maybe call them (half)feral? the more animal like shape could also be paired with a more savage and instinct heavy personality?

Strega

Posted by Strega 3 months ago Report

This pic has a pretty good take on a seal-Mer hybrid: https://e621.net/post/show/117701/2011-anthro-anthro_on_anthro-big_dom_small_sub-bod

Fischie

Posted by Fischie 3 months ago Report

Would these dolphins eating mers setting fit in some of your other worlds like the one whith the slide at the beach? Or are predatory dolphins just very common?

Strega

Posted by Strega 3 months ago Report

The ocean is a big place. The beaches where the preds keep things secret (Slide by the sea) may not be in the same setting as the ones where people laugh as their friends are eaten (One thing leads to another). And then there are the intelligent polar bears and other animals such as the ones at Tame Camp. I guess they can all fit into one blurry setting. 83

deej1011

Posted by deej1011 3 months ago Report

Dolphintaurs eh? Cool :o

cdragoon

Posted by cdragoon 2 months ago Report

It me took a moment but that dolphin just swallowed one of the daughters of king triton. Most likely Ariel from the crab comment.

Strega

Posted by Strega 2 months ago Report

One mermaid looks much like another when all you can see of them is a tail hanging out of your mouth. 83