Two and a half years. It seems like five times that has passed since I last saw my family. How can one man mean anything to anyone, stuck here on this barren rock where even the bugs don't venture out during the day.
I wonder sometimes when I'm alone. Alone... I get a lot of time alone here. I wonder if God has forsaken me? I wonder what my wife is doing right now, about how my two children are doing in school? Only then do I wonder why I had to be picked for this misson. Of all the entomologists, why did they have to pick me?
I never asked for this. I wanted a thank you for my years of hard work, a plaque, and a parting check. I wanted fifty more years in a little house in the country with my wife and kids. Instead they sent me here.
Entry 34-june 19,2027-JONATHAN BURKE
Scientist's Observational Diary-
-Reptilian Construct with a thin film of mucus covering the skin
-Life span of subject assumed to be 7-9 mos.
*length: 6.4 cm
*width : .31 cm
*wingspan :17.2 cm
Entry 1, The whipsting nests in underground sand burrows, holes in rocks and glacial ice burrows. It is found all over the planet and can live in just about any environment.
The creature is very intelligent as well. It will burrow into the sand and use its wings as tectonic sensors. When its prey steps on the wings, the creature will feel it and act quickly to impale the unfortunate visitor who stepped on its tail.
Breeding habits are most peculiar as well. The whipsting seems to go through a state of regeneration, shedding not only its skin, but its entire body. Its 7 month life span is actually the gestation period for the new cells to emerge. There also seems to be no gender, but after the whipsting has gone through its fifth regeneration cycle, two may join. One recieves cells from the other (the other dies in the process), and the cells rapidly regenerate and split in the remaining creature and produce anywhere from 15 to 100 eggs.
The whipsting feeds on the fluids of other insects and small animals. It also searches the clefts of rocks for its favorite prey, sand mites. It has very few natural predators; among them, the camroo and a small reptilian beast called the goober.
Biological Profile TNC-29974
Scientist's Observational Diary
There is little known about this insect except that it doesn't seem to be an insect at all. It has eight legs like an arachnid, and although their armored skin is resistant to scans, they don't seem to have any internal organs at all.
Lack of samples has contributed to shortage of information on these creatures. Three of the five samples we have found were dead, two of frostbite, which indicates that this species is not at all well adapted to its environment, and probably is on the brink of extinction.
As we have had only two live samples, we know nothing of the social behavior, nesting habits, or reproduction cycle of this species. We know nothing of its probable prey, but one of the three dead samples we found in the stomach of a camroo, so that is a very probable predator of the species.
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