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Water dragons (Draco aquarius) are among the most gentle and noble dragons. They are friendly to nearly all dragon species (except Fire Dragons) and are rather shy and seclusive but are a truly beautiful sight if you are lucky enough to spot one. These dragons do not like to be bossed around and will attack if needed.

History

The very first water dragon evolved from early water serpents and was named Aquarius. He was wise and powerful and is still the reigning king of the water dragons. From him, the rest of the species is descended.

For many centuries, water dragons grew in population and were not bothered by other dragons or humans as no other dragon could live in water. Then arrived the modern age, bringing with it the terrible water pollution and waste-dumping that nearly rendered the water dragons extinct. To this day, polluting of their waters is still a threat and many organizations are working to protect these gentle giants.

Appearance

Water dragons don't have flippers. Their wings propel them in the water. their waterproof skin keeps their wings dry. They also have small, fin-like wings, long, slightly finned tails to propel themselves through the water with ease. Their beautiful scales come in shades of blue, cyan and teal green. They are often found in deeper water, so as to protect themselves from predators and have excellent vision and hearing, like most dragons. However, their sense of smell is greatly impaired, probably due to the fact of living underwater and this makes them impervious to most gaseous breath weapons that other marine or semi-marine dragons use.

A queen water dragon

Their breath weapon, like all True Dragons, is fire though they use it sparingly and only on land or in air. It can be very effective for knocking enemy dragons out of the air, not to mention scalding them with steam or hot fumes underwater. Water Dragons are said to eat virgins, in truth they prefer young women for social company but rarely eat apart from the occasional fish, octopus or dolphin.

Depending on where they are sighted, water dragons may possess flowing manes located in a ring about their neck. The hair of these manes may range from thin and fine like thread to thick and flat like seaweed (with thin-maned water dragons being most prominent in Asia).

See the picture at right for a more detailed look at the water dragon and its many marine adaptations.

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