The Hutt Gambit
Skekﬁsh, also colloquially called “knife-ﬁsh,” are small, burrowing predators that hunted in schools. Skekfish are hybrid of carbon- and silicon-based life. Each individual ranges in length from 30 to 40 centimeters. The skekfish is covered with lines of hundreds of tiny, razor-sharp, metallic fin-scales which it uses to provide locomotive force while burrowing. It has four body-length rudder-fins to alter its direction, which gives the predator the appearance of swimming through the ground. Skekfish were able to burrow through wood and solid rock. Skekfish lack eyes and hunt solely by sound and vibration.
The skekfish’s dual-element physiology necessitate the consumption of both dirt and meat for survival, and an adult skekfish will starve after 48 hours without animal flesh. Skekfish attack by springing from the ground in formation, launching themselves directly at prey. They fed as they burrow through the target creature.
Skekfish hatch from eggs, reach adulthood within 24 hours, and are capable of rapid reproduction. Skekfish populations can quickly devastate the ecology of an entire planet. When the predators exhaust a biomass, the adults will lay a clutch of eggs in the bodies of their last remaining victims, then instinctively cover these nests with fresh soil. Skekfish eggs can remain viable for thousands of years, and hatched once the eggs are disturbed by new animal populations.