- "Fuckin' Lurkies will snip your dick off"
- ―Gary of Gary's Guns and Grenades
Australian Mirelurks are a sub-group of Mirelurks found around the waterbodies of Australia. While some species follow the same hierarchy as their American equivalents, Australian Mirelurks are distinct creatures that can easily be identified.
Due to the catch-all nature of the term 'Mirelurk', creatures branded as such offer few common characteristics. Those that are shared are easily spotted, leading to the popularity of the term. All mirelurks:
- Are aquatic to some extent
- Occupy areas with large bodies of water
- Have a tough outer shell
Besides this, Mirelurks vary significantly.
Another common attribute of Mirelurks which deserves its own note is their predisposition to consumption of humans. Groups of mirelurks often attack coastal settlements to supplement their fish diet. It is unknown what purpose this serves, but it has proved highly dangerous to settlements all around Australia.
The common mirelurk appears similar to their North American counterparts. Making use of large pincers and a larger appetite, they consume a large diet of fish and humans. Despite the danger involved, they are often hunted for their delicious meat. Occasionally, they are even boiled alive.
Grovelurks appear are squat, long variants of the regular mirelurk found in Mangrove swamps around Australia. Their shells are a muddy brown colour and, like Boston mirelurks, bury themselves in water and sand, only revealing themselves when prey appears. Due to this increased camouflage, they are even more dangerous than normal mirelurks and their squat nature prevents most weapons from damaging them.
CrocsCrocs are the decedents of Pre-War saltwater crocodiles found around Queensland and the Northern Territory. Saltwater Crocodiles were already a dangerous predator and 210 years of radiation and heavy metals exposure has only increased this. Like Grovelurks, Crocs are expert ambush predators and their large mouths and hooked teeth mean the prey they find remains with them.