Like most people, I am completely afraid of sharks. However, I deeply respect sharks as well. The reason for this is because sharks are one of evolution’s greatest success stories. They are the product of 400 million years of evolution and have survived one mass extinction after another, including the one that wiped out the dinosaurs. Even though sharks are being hunted around the world and some species may go extinct due to human activity, as a whole sharks will outlast mankind like they outlasted countless other species. I respect sharks because of their extraordinary ability to survive the unsurvivable.
For centuries, humanity has told tales and legends of sea monsters, great leviathans that filled men with both fear and awe. I am already thinking of including some frightening sea monsters in my second fantasy book, but I am thinking of expanding the marine ecosystem of Gradaia. For instance, I am considering including sturgeons and gar that are the size of whales. Both the sturgeons and the gar are living fossils who lived long before the dinosaurs and yet they are facing extinction due to human interference. I thinking including these mighty survivors in my series will give them a small sendoff that they deserve.