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Coral Reef ecosystem

by Renaiwom » March 07, 2019 05:25 PM

Last Edited: March 07, 2019 11:25 PM

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/R/K_selection_theory
I've been thinking about this thing we talked about in Bio class in relationship to the Coral Reef. It's a slightly simplistic theory but it should work for the purpose I need it for (like how Newtonian physics are a good primer even though relativistic physics are strictly more accurate). Basically, creatures follow one of two strategies in general for reproduction: r-selection, where they have a lot of young but don't care for them very long, or K-selection, where there are but a few young that get cared for over a long time. Think mice vs. elephants or people.
My worry comes from the fact that the merfolk appear to be r-selective; "All the new parents come [to Ogenus' pile] to lay their eggs", Tethys saving shards for the newborns that they apparently can use right away (indicating relatively fast maturation)... r-selection is generally linked to high expected offspring loss, so... what's eating the merfolk?!
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Re: Coral Reef ecosystem

by Gryphling » April 02, 2019 06:12 PM

From what it sounds like in Shay's secret quest, the Coral Reef is a really dangerous place for little kith, so I think that would extend to baby merfolk...

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I haven't finished it, but he mentions that newly discovered kith "could get lost, or eaten, or beached, or dashed on the rocks, and-and traveling in a school is only some protection against that." And that's AFTER the Everstorm cleared up!

My guess is that merfolk also lay lots and lots of babies at once, so that they can travel in large groups like Shay says and not get picked off so easily. Yikes!
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Re: Coral Reef ecosystem

by Renaiwom » April 05, 2019 02:36 AM

I think my point still stands though; we know that something is eating the little kith/baby merfolk, but we don't know what. Generic sharks and beasties?
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Re: Coral Reef ecosystem

by Diana » April 07, 2019 11:41 PM

(This is not an admin answer, just my personal thoughts!)

I think the Everstorm was the cause for a lot of that danger, and the Coral Reef has only been free of the Everstorm for a very short time, so the culture hasn't really adapted to the idea of being safe from that high level of danger yet. Maybe in 20 years, the Coral Reef will realize they have a baby boom problem... XD
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Re: Coral Reef ecosystem

by Gryphling » April 25, 2019 08:43 PM

Last Edited: April 25, 2019 08:44 PM

I think that [@Diana] is on to something – it might not (just) be something eating them! I finished Shay's secret quest and it seems like the high birth rate has more to do with combating the hostile, rapidly-changing environmental conditions created by the Everstorm:

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"You see, before the Seabed, new life under the sea was not well protected. I was laid in an outcropping of rock that ran dry when the Everstorm pulled out the tide. Though I made it, my first memories are of my siblings turning to sea foam under the cyclone’s heated eye."


(I still want sea monsters though...)
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