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Crocodilian, Marine Crocodile

This fishlike reptile has a thin, streamlined snout filled with needle-like teeth and a long, flat tail that it uses to propel itself through the water.

Marine Crocodile CR 3

XP 800
N Large animal
Init +5; Senses low-light vision; Perception +11

DEFENSE

AC 14, touch 10, flat-footed 13 (+1 Dex, +4 natural, –1 size)
hp 30 (4d8+12)
Fort +7, Ref +5, Will +2

OFFENSE

Speed 15 ft., swim 50 ft.
Melee bite +7 (1d8+7 plus grab)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks death dive

STATISTICS

Str 20, Dex 13, Con 17, Int 1, Wis 12, Cha 2
Base Atk +3; CMB +9 (+13 grapple); CMD 20
Feats Improved Initiative, Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills Perception +11, Swim +13
SQ hold breath

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Death Dive (Ex)

When grappling a foe of its size or smaller, a marine crocodile can perform a deadly dive upon making a successful grapple check. As it clings to its foe, it uses the force of its powerful tail to propel it downward in the water, allowing it to use both the move and damage actions as part of its grapple attempt. If successful, the marine crocodile maintains its grapple.

Hold Breath (Ex)

A marine crocodile can hold its breath a number of rounds equal to 8 times its Constitution score before it risks drowning.

ECOLOGY

Environment tropical oceans
Organization solitary, pair, or float (3–6)
Treasure none

The marine crocodile resembles its land-based cousins in general body shape and size, though its legs are a hybrid of webbed feet and nascent fins. Its long tail is thinner and flatter than those of traditional crocodilians, allowing the marine crocodile to swim with alarming speed as it whips its tail back and forth.

Marine crocodiles generally remain in warm, shallow oceans and seas. They spend most of their time at sea hunting fish, sea mammals, aquatic humanoids, and monstrous humanoids like merfolk, sahuagin, and locathahs. Only when breeding and laying eggs do marine crocodiles venture onto land (where they are slow and clumsy), before returning to the sea.

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