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Our obligatory No Man’s Sky weird animal post

Yes, we’re all bored of these by now, but I did just see a shark nosedive into the ground in No Man’s Sky.

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No Man's Sky - Stuck fish

Yes, we’re all bored of these by now, but I did just see a shark nosedive into the ground in No Man’s Sky.

It happened as I was exploring the planet of Dagenham East (all my worlds are named after stops on the London Underground – what better metaphor for a game of endless travel, repetitive tasks, and never really feeling like you’re getting anywhere fast?) It’s a beautiful planet made of purple/red rock with glistening pools of water that thrive with plant life.

I was returning to my ship after a an hour of resource gathering when I saw something flip and jerk on the periphery of my vision. I turned to look, and there it was: a shark/fish thingy, stuck vertically into the ground by its pointy beak.

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It was writhing and moving but absolutely stuck to the spot. Meanwhile, one of its fellow fish things was patrolling nearby waters with a rather smug grin on its face. I tried to aid the stricken creature, but unfortunately, No Man’s Sky doesn’t have a resource or an item that can be farmed for dislodging sharks, so I resorted to the following feeble gambits:

  • I tried to dislodge it by walking into it. No luck.
  • I hit it. No luck.
  • I even shot it, gently. No luck.

So I scanned it, named the species Fonz, and departed. If you don’t know why a shark who apparently failed while jumping should be named after one Arthur Fonzarelli, then shame on you.

But as I continue my voyage through the galaxy – charting the worlds of Barking, Becontree and Upminster – the experience remains with me. “Is the Fonz still there?” I wonder. I hope, somehow, it managed to free itself and join its friends in the calm waters of Dagenham East.

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Has No Man’s Sky changed my life? Not yet. But has it made me feel sympathy for stuck shark? Absolutely.

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