Piano Tuna | E. Christopher Clark

Piano Tuna

 

Piano Tuna are a species of saltwater fish native to the Sea of Tears. Created through the Reekian process of Genetic Elevation and Manipulation, Piano Tuna are one of several species of singing fish found in Eden. What distinguishes them from other such fish is their perfect pitch and their overwhelming desire to hunt and destroy singing fish who cannot hold a tune.

 

Piano Tuna, like their Earthling counterparts the Atlantic Bluefin, are active and agile predators—but when they kill an off-key fish, they refuse to consume said fish’s vocal chords. They’ll eat everything else, but they want no part in potentially contaminating their own precious voice boxes.

 

It is worth noting that some squeaky and scratchy species who have traditionally been a favorite target of Piano Tuna have recently evolved the ability to harmonize, a key defensive technique that keeps the judgy apex predators away.

 

Fish oil derived from Piano Tuna (“F-Major”) is a coveted substance amongst musical performers throughout Eden, as it allows singers to stay on key without fail and instrumentalists to keep their instruments from falling out of tune. That said, some Edenian audiences consider performances where F-Major is utlized to be scandalous and altogether inferior. Because of this, no serious musician will ever admit to using the substance in public.

Scientific Name
Thunnus musicale
Lifespan
15–50 years
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Average Weight
496–551 lb
Average Length
6.6–8.2 ft
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Author's Notes

The species name was inspired by a pun delivered by Janet Forbes on the June 4, 2022 World Anvil Twitch Stream. Special thanks to Janet for being so punderful and to Author Goddess for the additional ideas during my own February 2023 Twitch Streams. Thanks also to 2ndGenDm for the name “F-Major.”


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Feb 15, 2023 19:46 by Emily Armstrong

Ahahahahah this is an amazing article, absolutely love the piano tuna!!

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Feb 16, 2023 02:11 by E. Christopher Clark

I can't wait to share the image for this one. I think you'll get a kick out of it, once it's done.

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Feb 15, 2023 20:50 by Chris L

Looking forward to more fun and shenanigans!


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Feb 16, 2023 02:13 by E. Christopher Clark

Thanks, man! It's been fun working on these on stream with you and everyone else. Looking forward to what we all cook up over the rest of the month.

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Feb 18, 2023 20:49 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Grinning like a loon whilst reading this. The fact that they refuse to eat the voiceboxes of their prey made me laugh out loud.

Feb 19, 2023 14:51 by E. Christopher Clark

Hehehe, I'm glad you got a kick out of that voicebox line.

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