Ticklish Kelp

Ticklish kelp is a vital plant species that lines both reefs and sea beds, providing food, shelter and material for thousands of species including Humans and Merfolk. Varieties of Ticklish Kelp may differ in texture, colour, taste and preferred environment, but all of them have will move and slither randomly once above water. Market vendors must tie Ticklish Kelp down in order to sell it.

Basic Information

Genetics and Reproduction

From maturity, Ticklish Kelp releases 'sea blossom' when the waters become warm, which can make the sea sluggish and become a nuisance to small fish for breathing, and larger fish trying to eat the small ones. Some large fish are known to collect sea blossom and push it to the ground, causing the sea blossom to settle and bud into more kelp. Small fish are attracted to the spaces which are easier for them to breath, but then become hunted by large fish. Humans and Merfolk will also collect sea blossom for its fibres, using it to make clothes.

Growth Rate & Stages

Once the sea blossom is embedded in the ground or inside a fish, the kelp grows rapidly. If it has trapped a fish lung, the fish will eventually become heavy and will fall down to the surface half alive, supplying the Ticklish Kelp will food to help it grow.   By the time Ticklish Kelp is regarded as mature or 'adult', sub-boats, kelpbots and free divers carefully comb the kelp, brushing away loose strands to be taken to the surface. This is a mutual benefit for the species as loose strands can prevent growth or strangle the younger plants. Attempts at pulling the kelp from the seabed however can result in disastrous consequences. Such consequences have been known to sink entire fleets.  
"Oh dear."
- The entire fleet of Taçya Beach.

Dietary Needs and Habits

Ticklish Kelp may feed on the fish caught in its vines or from the nutrition from the soil and sunshine. It's adaptability to the environment may be part of the reason why it is so abundant.

Additional Information

Uses, Products & Exploitation

The many varieties of Ticklish Kelp can be used to make fibres in clothing, for parts in technology including cables and hardware, for food and for traditional medicine. It is regarded as a versatile plant that is so useful... It's almost as if it was made on Gaia on purpose for people to use.
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Origin/Ancestry
Kelp
Lifespan
7 years
Conservation Status
Ticklish Kelp grows plentiful in most seas. Carefully removing loose Ticklish Kelp can help the species continue to grow, developing symbiosis relationships with the various species keen to have a nibble.
Geographic Distribution

Comments

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Eternal Sage AmélieIS
Amélie I. S. Debruyne
9 Apr, 2021 22:54

I love the way your page looks with the css and the illustrations! It helps with the underwater feels XD   " Market vendors must tie Ticklish Kelp down in order to sell it." It's not dead yet? When does it die? But I like the image of it just wiggling around :D   " Once the sea blossom is embedded in the ground or inside a fish" Wait, how did it get inside the fish? When the fish ate it?   " If it has trapped a fish lung," You mean if by growing it blocks a lung?   " will fall down to the surface half alive" I'd say seafloor rather than surface here, since surface mostly design the surface of the water rather than the ground so that make sit cionfusing.   " "Oh dear." - The entire fleet of Taçya Beach." XD I love that quote! XD   " It's almost as if it was made on Gaia on purpose for people to use." Nice hint there.   You haven't described what the blossoms look like.   I like how eating bits of the plant or harvesting some of it is beneficial for it in the end. That's nice symbiosis!

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Sailing Ocelot
10 Apr, 2021 05:50

Thank you for this feedback Amélie! It's so nice of you to take the time to comment. I'll expand the article in the future :)

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10 Apr, 2021 10:19

This seems like quite the useful plant seeing for what it can be used. The layout for your article is great and easy to read through. I think there needs to be a little more explanation on how a fish takes in the blossom. Or only the smaller fish affected by this?   The quote was very nice, had a laugh there :)   One note though 'but all of them have will move and slither randomly once above water. ' I think the 'have' needs to be removed here :) In all nice read!

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Sailing Ocelot
22 May, 2021 02:47

Thank you for your comment and your note! I am glad you enjoyed the quote.

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10 Apr, 2021 11:55

Nice article! Combing the kelp sounds like a dangerous, considering how easy it might be to accidentally pull on a strand. You mention disastrous incidents happening, do you have any specific events in mind?

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Sailing Ocelot
22 May, 2021 02:48

"You mention disastrous incidents happening, do you have any specific events in mind?"   Yes. Yes I do. *sinister worldbuilding laughter*

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George Sanders
10 Apr, 2021 16:57

I like your background image and choice of colors for the headings, adds to the immersion.

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Sailing Ocelot
22 May, 2021 02:49

Thank you! I do try and get some imagery into my articles, but it's not always easy. I'm glad this one worked out :)

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13 Apr, 2021 14:37

The title alone is worthy of a prize!


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Sailing Ocelot
22 May, 2021 02:49

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16 Apr, 2021 20:36

"Oh dear." - The entire fleet of Taçya Beach. <== The point where I laughed out loud at the image of an entire fleet realising just what they got into. I guess people are VERY careful when dropping anchor in those areas!

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Sailing Ocelot
22 May, 2021 02:50

Thanks for your comment, it made me smile :) And yes, must be very careful. Some fleets learned from experience. By watching other fleets from a far distance :)

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