Jesse Smith

The Eye Infested Interleukin was discovered in 2013 while Jesse was exploring Carkayous's largest mountain range. In an excerpt from Jesse’s diary, he writes, "The Eye Infested Interleukin spends most of its day floating around the Shinokey Mountains waiting for Tweaker Ticks to fly by so that he can fill his tummy. The Canopy creature of the interleukin generates eyes so fast that it eventually engulfs the Buoyant creature which inevitably suffocates it until it can no longer float, leaving the Canopy destined to end up on the ground as a pile of eyeballs."

Mean Green Interleukin

by Jesse Smith May 26, 2021

The Mean Green Interleukin is a symbiotic species that live around the Shinokey Mountains and feeds on small wildlife in the area. Through cooperation, they have adapted to their environment and can thrive in the high altitude of the mountains. These buoyant creatures are also known to be mischievous and will steal food from other animals in the area for fun. In Jesse’s journal he writes, "It might not be readily apparent, but The Mean Green Interleukin is actually a symbiotic bundle of three separate species. From what we know, by themselves, each creature has traits that greatly inhibit their chances of survival. For example, the buoyant creature that makes up the base of the Mean Green will float away without the canopy creature on its head. On the flip side, the canopy creature’s strange anatomy makes movement very difficult without the help of the buoyant creature. Finally, the tadpole cleans the Mean Green in exchange for protection from predators. After merging, the creatures become inseparable and move freely throughout Carkayous without any concern of when their next meal will come from."

Shinokey Mountains

by Jesse Smith May 26, 2021

After a perilous journey through the Durken Forest, Jesse and his friends naturally drifted north towards a giant mountain range that loomed in the distance. Like most of the early expeditions to Carkayous, the path was long and full of danger. But, the beauty and grandeur of the Shinokey Mountains were hard to ignore and fueled the group's adventurous spirit. They tirelessly ventured through the Ticken Plains with an impressive display of determination and will. After days of travel, the mountains in the distance inched closer and closer, slowly engulfing the sky until they no longer seemed so far away. Finally, they had reached the base of the Shinokey Mountains.

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Tadpole Interleukin

by Jesse Smith May 26, 2021

The Tadpole Interleukin is an awkward creature that is constantly worried about being attacked. While it does have some known predators in the area, the Tadpole is naturally hard to catch. This, on top of their overly cautious nature, gives them relatively long lifespans compared to other species in the forest. In Jesse's research notes he writes, "While exploring Durken forest I noticed an anxious little critter emerge from the murky waters of a small pond. It seemed to find interest in the Octa-Fruit dangling from the nearest tree. I thought to myself, is it looking for a meal or a friend? It was at that moment that it discovered my presence and scurried back into the pond. I'll have to be a little quieter next time."

Durken Forest

by Jesse Smith April 21, 2021

When Jesse and his friends first stepped foot on Carkayous, they couldn’t believe it was real. How could there be an entire undiscovered continent just sitting in the Pacific Ocean, virtually untouched by humanity? It felt like they were entering into an alien world, filled with secrets and creatures beyond imagination. After exploring Killick Falls Lagoon and documenting wildlife in the area, the crew was eager to see more. They asked their pilot, Ricardo, where they should go next. It turns out, while Ricardo knew where to find Carkayous, he had never actually stepped foot on it. While growing up in Ecuador, locals whispered about the mysterious land. Their ancestors, who had survived trips to Carkayous, refused to speak of what they saw and warned others against traveling there themselves.

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Pumpkin Pufferfish

by Jesse Smith March 29, 2021

The Pumpkin Pufferfish's relationship with the Quadra-Handed Squirrel Squid has been of great interest to scientists. In some of his earliest expeditions to Carkyous, Jesse Smith frequently observed the creature in its natural habitat and wrote extensive notes documenting its behaviors. In an excerpt from his diary, he writes, "The Pumpkin Puffer Fish makes for a great protective suit when the Quadra-Handed Squirrel Squid goes into battle. Not such a great deal for the Pumpkin Puffer Fish, but in the end, he has a new friend."

Killick Falls Lagoon

by Jesse Smith March 29, 2021

In 2009, while Jesse Smith was visiting Ecuador, he met a mysterious man named Ricardo, who claimed to know where the hidden continent of Carkayous was. In exchange for one of Jesse’s iconic tattoos, the man offered to take him and his friends to the uncharted land. Naturally, Jesse agreed, and the crew of misfits beamed with nervous excitement. Was this place even real, or was Ricardo pulling a prank on them? Too invested to back out, the group of friends boarded a beat-up old cargo plane and took off with Ricardo as their pilot. One hour turned to two, two to three, and then, all of a sudden, Ricardo began to shout. Jesse looked out the window, and at that moment, realized the rumors were true. Carkayous was real.

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Newly Discovered, Bunny Bird: The Butterfly Eater

by Jesse Smith February 17, 2021

Entry Date 2/17/2021: Bunny Bird: The Butterfly Eater was first discovered in a 2013 expedition to the Durken Forest of Carkayous. Jesse stumbled across the erratic species while they were in the middle of a butterfly feeding frenzy. He quickly documented the experience in his journal and wrote, "With an obsession for Butterfly guts, the Bunny Bird spends every hour of every day in search of its next fix. It's typically not until they run across a Butterfly Bat that they realize how dangerous their obsession really is."

Discovering Carkayous

by Jesse Smith February 17, 2021

Entry Date 2/17/2021: Since the early 1900s, there were rumors of a hidden continent that was cut off from the rest of the world. This uncharted land, known as Carkayous, was said to reside off the coast of the Galapagos Islands. At the time, indigenous explorers told tales of strange, never before seen creatures that could only survive in the continent’s delicate ecosystems. They spoke of blue fauna, burning forests, and mountain ranges that stretched across the horizon. As the years passed, knowledge of Carkayous was lost to time. Sounds crazy, right? But, stranger things have happened. In 2009, artist Jesse Smith and his friends traveled to Ecuador for a tattoo convention. In their travels, they met a man who claimed that Carkayous really did exist and that he knew how to get there. In exchange for one of Jesse's iconic tattoos, the man offered to take the crew. Skeptical but intrigued, Jesse agreed, and the rest is history.

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Newly Discovered, Eye Infested Interleukin

by Jesse Smith February 08, 2021

Entry Date 2/8/2021: The Eye Infested Interleukin was discovered in 2013 while Jesse was exploring Carkayous's largest mountain range. In an excerpt from Jesse’s diary, he writes, "The Eye Infested Interleukin spends most of its day floating around the Shinokey Mountains waiting for Tweaker Ticks to fly by so that he can fill his tummy. The Canopy creature of the interleukin generates eyes so fast that it eventually engulfs the Buoyant creature which inevitably suffocates it until it can no longer float, leaving the Canopy destined to end up on the ground as a pile of eyeballs."

Newly Discovered Continent

by Jesse Smith February 08, 2021

Entry Date 2/8/2021: In 2009, world-renown artist and explorer Jesse Smith discovered a new continent just past the Galapagos Islands! We're here to update you on all of the exciting discoveries coming from this strange, uncharted land. Keep scrolling to learn more about the beautifully weird world of Carkayous and the creatures that live there.

Trypto Tree Lizard

by Jesse Smith August 07, 2019

“Trypto Tree Lizard” Discovered in the Durken Forest scarfing down butterflies like it was it’s last meal!
(Archived 2019)

Acorn Angler Butterfly Bat

by Jesse Smith July 25, 2019

"Acorn Angler Butterfly Bat" discovered by Jesse Smith towards the northern base of the Shinokey Mountains.
(Archived 2009)

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