5 August 2017 at 20:02:12 MDT
(EDIT--8/5/2019: When these were initially made, I was not feeling that great, but I was so passionate about these and so determined to get them posted on the appropriate dates that me and my team only added the bare minimum of details to each one. This year, they have been refurbished with species names and frames added to the ones that didn't have them, and literal water-marks for all of them, plus tags and text descriptions like the ones below,and finally I have reposted all of them to my other sites. I'm sorry for the long delay, and I hope you enjoy the new up-dates!)
Happy August, everybody! We've got a horribly hot and stupendously sticky month ahead of us, one where back-to-schoolers and businesses alike try to convince you that your time for summer-time fun is over. But not for us at Ekaki No Mi! So that's why we're happy to start this month off right with a happy and funny pixel art--of "both kinds" of Leopard Sharks.
"Both kinds", you ask? Yes indeed! There are actually two species of shark commonly known as the Leopard Shark.
One is known in Latin as "Stegostoma fasciatum" and actually known more commonly in English as the Zebra Shark, due to the dark-brown-and-white striped pattern they have as babies. As they grow up, however, the stripes fade away and are replaced with a yellowish spotty pattern, which actually makes them look more like leopards or cheetahs, if anything. They usually hunt alone.
The other is known as "Triakis semifasciata". They appear all over the Northeastern Pacific Ocean, which include some Californian oceans. From birth, these sharks form large schools separated by age and gender. They also tend to spend time in shallower waters, following the tides into the mud-flats to find prey, such as crabs and molluscs. As soon as the tide comes in, they rush back into the water just in time, to avoid being stranded in the sand.
I decided to combine those last two traits of Triakis Semifasciata to make it so that, in the humanoid world of Animalia, sharks of certain ages and genders group together and form hunting parties. This here is a group of silly surfer-dude sharks who were eager to take a few group photos for Shark Week and, lost in the fun, roped in a nearby Zebra-Leopard-Cheetah-Whatever Shark to join them.