The Phytopic Orbiscin a brief look into an EXTENSIVELY unique organism

Introduction

The Phytopic Orbiscin, commonly known as The Orbisc, can always be found within 200 meters of the surface since it photosynthesizes and breathes atmospheric air. The Orbisc is a species of plankton, more specifically Phytoplankton, so it is always within 200 meters of the surface. It drifts throughout the ocean, using its back fin to propel itself and side fins to "steer". The Orbisc mainly created its own energy but will occasionally eat other plankton. The Orbisc is born at about 1 inch long/wide and grows to be almost 3 inches long/wide. The Orbisc doesn't do much to protect itself but it tends to stay out in the open where nothing bothers it. During Mating season, Orbiscs throughout the entire ocean head to Nemo Point (56.2844° N, 132.3617° W) to reproduce.

Ocean Zones & Habitat

The orbisc can be found in the Pelagic Zone, Neritic Zone, Oceanic Zone, Epipelagic Zone and, most importantly, The Euphotic Zone because sunlight is essential to the Orbisc to photosynthesize and it breathes atmospheric air. The Orbisc tends to stay out in the open ocean where nothing bothers them but they will occasionally wash up on shore. In it's daily life, The Obisc encounters many abiotic factors, including but not limited to: Sunlight, Sand, Temperature (The Obisc tends to be in warmer "tropical" waters), winds/currents and garbage, lots and lots of garbage.

Physical Traits

Over time The Orbisc has adapted to its environment very well. As each generation came and went, their "Fins" grew slightly larger, allowing for more photosynthesis and, in turn, more energy. They've also acquired a Behavioral adaptation, The Orbisc once was mainly found very close to shore, where many predators lurk, but over time they realized that they could survive out in open water where none of the predators would bother them. The Orbisc moves by flipping its back "Fin" up and down and tilting its side "Fins" to "Steer". Orbiscs must surface once every 54 minutes to breath air from the surface. When The Orbisc can't photosynthesize, it consumes plankton, like a whale.

Reproduction

During mating season, which is only 3 days from may 7th-10th, All The Orbiscs in the entire world, of mature age, gather at Nemo point (56.2844° N, 132.3617° W) to reproduce. Nemo Point is one of the most remote locations in the world, it's so remote that most of the time the nearest humans to have recently past are the astronauts in the International Space Station.

The Name

The Orbisc's scientific name is Phytopic Orbiscin, which comes from the root words Phyto - which means of plant and Orb which means a spherical object or globe.

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Chris Cahill
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