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An opee, also known as an opee sea killer.

Big gooberfish! Huge-o teeth!
~ Jar Jar Binks, describing the opee.

The opee sea killer, or simply opee, is a large, non-sentient, carnivorous aquatic predator in the Star Wars universe, first appearing in the 1999 movie Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Physical characteristics

The opee sea killer resembles an armoured fish, averaging 20 meters in length. Its tapering body is plated with overlapping bands of thick, chitinous carapace, slimming down to a stumpy tail. Three pairs of crustacean-like paddle-ended limbs emerge from the underside of the abdomen. The opee's wedge-shaped head is large and also protected by armour, with large hinged jaws lined with double rows of teeth. Pectoral guidance fins protrude from just behind the head. Two eyes on the sides of the head presumably provide good binocular vision, important for predators. The opee has two long antenna-like structures atop its head, which can bioluminesce.

The opee's tongue is long and adhesive, and can be extended to latch on to prey before being reeled in with its catch.

In the wild

The opee is an ambush predator in the depths of Naboo's seas, concealing itself in rocky areas, clinging to the rocks with its legs, and striking with its tongue at passing prey. An opee will often use its antenna as lures to draw prey nearer.

Despite being an ambush predator, the opee is perfectly adapted for rapid movement, sucking water into its mouth and propelling it from pores beneath its rear armored plates. Coupled with its three pairs of paddle-like legs, an opee can accelerate quickly underwater.

Opees are mouth breeders, the male opee carrying fertilized eggs inside its mouth for three months, forcing the male to fast until hatching. Newly-hatched opees can immediately feed for themselves, and it has been known for unhatched opee eggs, or live young, swallowed by colo claw fish to hatch in the fish's stomach, and the opee hatchlings to eat their way out.

In Episode I

An opee sea killer stealthily pursued, then attacked, the bongo submersible containing by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Jar Jar Binks. Although the opee caught and damaged the submersible, it was devoured by a sando aqua monster.