10/6 - Whipnose Angler
 
Today we have the whipnose angler as the inspiration, but with equal parts of alligator snapping turtle. Why? Well - I got into my head last night that I *really* wanted to do a shelled fish. And like anglerfish, alligator snapping turtles also use a lure to capture prey (though theirs is more of a worm-like extension of their tongue... ). 

The challenge here was to combine the two animals in such a way that it made sense, but also retain key elements of the original creatures. This is definitely one I see more near the surface, perhaps even with moss or algae growing in the nooks of the shell (as part of my research I came across an incredible picture of a snapping turtle covered in moss - he looked like a living monster tree).