Intelligence Level: Dolphin
What they sound like: This or This
Mantabu are aquatic, air-breathing mammals. Generally very friendly and playful, mantabu live in the ocean among reefs, but there are species of freshwater mantabu as well.
Mantabu have been known to save sailors from drowning by carrying them to shore or bringing food to island-stranded seafarers. Sometimes, they'll lead kind people to special undersea locations, and even treasure!
Mantabu may choose to live in travelling pods, or in fixed locations with others- they typically will live in the vicinity of other mantabu, not in isolation.
Mantabu have the ability to speak if they train - they can make a range of complex vocalizations, including sounds they use to echolocate.
A special ability they have is "bubbling" they can produce somewhat sticky bubbles to both corral and trap their prey. They may also play with what they catch by bouncing it back and forth to each other inside of the bubble.
Bubbling is also a social activity for mantabu, where they sit around in groups and blow bubbles. Mantabu are omnivores and their diet consists of seaweed, fish, crustaceans, and sea snails. Their lifespan is up to 100 years.
Sleeper Mantabu forage along the seafloor of shallow to mid-deep ocean with their sensitive whiskers to hunt for worms and other buried snacks. They tend to have shorter antennae and more rounded fins, and have a circular dorsal fin as well as tail fins. They are slightly larger than normal mantabu and can discharge small amounts of electricity to stun their prey.