A character depicted with terrible handwriting. Not just a couple of words that can't be made out here and there, but almost every word will be impossible—or almost impossible—to read.
This does not apply to depictions in animation where everybody's writing looks like random squiggles, or to small children learning how to write. This is when it is explicitly stated by a character that the writing looks like random squiggles or chicken scratch.
Sharks are usually the go-to creatures when writers want to include a threatening sea animal in their stories. Sometimes, however, writers can get tired of them, and might want another, more unique underwater threat. The creatures commonly known as rays (and scientifically known as Batoidea), which includes both the stingrays and the manta rays, are a popular choice. While not as outwardly dangerous as sharks (to which they are distantly related), their bizarre appearance has captured the imagination of many storytellers.
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