The Blue Disk By J.P. Oprison

Blue Disk Body
Eyes Attached
Tentacles Attached
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The scientific name of my organism is Orbis (genus) hyacintho (species), which translates to the common name "Blue disk."

The blue disk is found in the Pelagic Zone, the Oceanic Zone, the Disphotic Zone, and the Mesopelagic Zone. Its habitat is a cave, which is very dark and contains much sediment. Some of the abiotic factors in this zone are not enough light for photosynthesis, relatively low oxygen levels, cool temperatures, and relatively high pressure.

The blue disk possesses numerous traits that allow it to adapt to and live in its environment. It has large, light-sensitive eyes that help it to see in a fairly dark environment, large teeth and jaws that help it to chew prey, and possesses bioluminescence, which allows it to produce its own light in a fairly dark environment and serves to attract prey and ward off predators. Other traits that the blue disk possesses are gills for respiration, long tentacles for movement and grasping things, a large mouth for eating prey, and a large nose for sniffing out prey. Such a combination of traits make the blue disk a unique organism.

The blue disk moves by using its tentacles to push itself along and swim around the ocean, similar to how an octopus or squid moves.

The blue disk eats different types of fish that are found in its zone, including viperfish, lantern fish, and hatchetfish, by using its large, light-sensitive eyes, large nose and bioluminescence to detect and attract prey; stretching out its long tentacles to grasp the prey; and pulling the prey into its mouth, where its large teeth and jaws help with chewing it. The blue disk is a heterotroph, more specifically a carnivore.

The blue disk is on average around 3 feet long and 25 pounds.

The blue disk has a dark blue body with black tentacles attached, enabling it to blend in with its relatively dark environment. However, its bioluminescence can make it appear as lighter blue when it is attempting to attract prey or confuse predators.

The blue disk protects itself by camouflaging with the surrounding dark environment with its dark colors, using bioluminescence to confuse and ward off predators, wrapping its tentacles around itself to hide from predators, or, if all else fails and the predator approaches, wrapping its tentacles around the predator and squeezing it hard until it suffocates.

The blue disk is a nektonic organism that swims throughout the water column by pushing itself along with its tentacles in a motion similar to jet propulsion used by octopi and squid.

Through the process of aquatic respiration, the blue disk takes in water through its large nose and mouth and forces it out through gill passages. As this takes place, the gills separate the oxygen from the water and the oxygen travels to the blue disk's cells.

In a process of sexual reproduction, a female blue disk releases eggs into the water via its mouth and the male follows up from behind, releasing sperm into the water via its mouth to fertilize the eggs. The eggs are then settled in a cave until they hatch, which takes around a week. Blue disks reproduce sexually to create genetic diversity among their species, which in turn leads to the long-term survival and adaptability of their species.

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