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** [[spoiler: Potentially justified as the prehistoric habitats appear to built to be a self-sustaining aquatic biosphere for the prehistoric species.]]

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** [[spoiler: Potentially justified as the prehistoric habitats appear to built to be a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Closed_ecological_system self-sustaining aquatic biosphere ecosystem]] for the prehistoric species.]]


** [[spoiler: Potentially justified as the prehistoric habitats appears to built to be as an self-sustaining aquatic biosphere for the prehistoric species.]]

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** [[spoiler: Potentially justified as the prehistoric habitats appears appear to built to be as an a self-sustaining aquatic biosphere for the prehistoric species.]]


** [[spoiler: Potentially justified as the prehistoric habitats seem to built to be aquatic biospheres for the prehistoric species.]]

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** [[spoiler: Potentially justified as the prehistoric habitats seem appears to built to be as an self-sustaining aquatic biospheres biosphere for the prehistoric species.]]


** Potentially justified as the prehistoric habitats seem to built to be aquatic biospheres for the prehistoric species.

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** [[spoiler: Potentially justified as the prehistoric habitats seem to built to be aquatic biospheres for the prehistoric species.]]


* MisplacedWildlife: [[spoiler:You eventually find yourself with ''prehistoric'' creatures like ''Ichthyosaurus'' in Chapter 6, throwing the entire time period of the game into question.]]
** Potentially justified as the prehistoric habits seem to built to be aquatic biospheres for the prehistoric species.

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* MisplacedWildlife: [[spoiler:You eventually find yourself with ''prehistoric'' creatures like ''Ichthyosaurus'' and ''Plesiosaurus'' in Chapter 6, throwing the entire time period of the game into question.]]
** Potentially justified as the prehistoric habits habitats seem to built to be aquatic biospheres for the prehistoric species.


** Potentially justified as the prehistoric habits seem to built to be aquatic biospheres for the prehistoric species.


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** Potentially justified as the prehistoric habits seem to built to be aquatic biospheres for the prehistoric species.

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** Potentially justified as the prehistoric habits seem to built to be aquatic biospheres for the prehistoric species.


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* EasterEgg: A dinosaur Skeleton can found buried in the sand in the ''Helicoprion basin''.


* TheRival: The dynamic between the Great One Shark and the diver is very much like a classic rivalry story, even though there is not much for them to rival each other ''over''. They start off on a bad note, with the shark spitefully destroying one of the diver's companion mini-subs, and then, throughout the game, we see the shark always one step ahead, as if racing the diver to [[spoiler:the central core of the LostTechnology polluting the ocean]]. Then, however, [[spoiler:the diver [[AndroclesLion saves the shark from being crushed]], revealing no hard feelings whatsoever, and in return, the shark [[HeroicSacrifice charges the central core]], possibly saving the diver at the cost of its own life. Then, in the final level, the shark is resurrected and the [[RivalsTeamUp rivals finally team up]] towards their goal, and it's glorious]].

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* TheRival: The dynamic between the Great One White Shark and the diver is very much like a classic rivalry story, even though there is not much for them to rival each other ''over''. They start off on a bad note, with the shark spitefully destroying one of the diver's companion mini-subs, and then, throughout the game, we see the shark always one step ahead, as if racing the diver to [[spoiler:the central core of the LostTechnology polluting the ocean]]. Then, however, [[spoiler:the diver [[AndroclesLion saves the shark from being crushed]], revealing no hard feelings whatsoever, and in return, the shark [[HeroicSacrifice charges the central core]], possibly saving the diver at the cost of its own life. Then, in the final level, the shark is resurrected and the [[RivalsTeamUp rivals finally team up]] towards their goal, and it's glorious]].

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* FrigidWaterIsHarmless: The final sequence takes place in the Arctic ocean, complete with drifting ice, penguins and polar bears. The protagonist is not deterred by the temperatures in the slightest, though this is justified as [[spoiler:she is actually a humanoid robot with superhuman resilience]].

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* WaterIsAir: Most of the time, water is represented realistically with real (present or past) creatures inhabiting it. However, the ancient ruins often contain another layer of water under the water, as pools, fountains and the like.


* ThreateningShark: Subverted. The game appears to build up to a confrontation with a Great White Shark, who frequently appears, acts aggressive, and eats your helper robots. However, you end up ''saving'' it from some wreckage that it's pinned under. [[spoiler:It then proceeds to help you, first by ramming the massive device, saving your life at the cost of its own, and then joining forces with you after coming BackFromTheDead to destroy the machines once and for all.]]

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* ThreateningShark: Subverted. The game appears to build up to a confrontation with a Great White Shark, who frequently appears, acts aggressive, and eats one of your helper robots. However, you end up ''saving'' it from some wreckage that it's pinned under. [[spoiler:It then proceeds to help you, first by ramming the massive device, saving your life at the cost of its own, and then joining forces with you after coming BackFromTheDead to destroy the machines once and for all.]]


* OhCrapFakeout: One point early in chapter 4 makes it appear as if a blue whale is about to eat your character - but no, it was just gathering up some fish swimming next to you. Though anyone who is aware of real blue whale biology probably saw this coming, since despite their large size, they're physically incapable of swallowing anything human-sized.

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One point early in chapter 4 makes it appear as if a blue whale is about to eat your character - but no, it was just gathering up some fish swimming next to you. Though anyone who is aware of real blue whale biology probably saw this coming, since despite their large size, they're physically incapable of swallowing anything human-sized.human-sized.
** Also the great white's presence throughout most of the game. The first time you see it, it comes out of nowhere and takes out one of your mini-subs with one terrifying bite. From that point on, you keep seeing it around in various places, making the player wonder if it's going to attack them eventually. [[spoiler:But then you find it trapped under some wreckage and you free it, and from that point on you never feel threatened by it again.]]

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