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An Aquan male

The Aquans were the water-breathing natives of the planet Argo.


The Aquan civilization was an example of forced evolution. Centuries before the 23rd century, the Aquans were air-breathers, but massive planet-wide earthquakes flooded the entire planet. They were forced to adapt to be able to breath underwater. Fortunately, their medical science technology was advanced enough to induce a necessary mutation, called a surgo-op, to ensure the survival of the entire species.



An Aquan female

The Aquans were governed by a Ruling Tribunal of the Aquans, guided by the Aquan ordainments.

Encounter with the Federation

In 2269, the crew of the USS Enterprise visited Argo and discovered the underwater society. On an away mission, Spock and Captain Kirk were temporarily altered to become water-breathers. Fortunately, Doctor McCoy discovered that the venom of the sur-snake contained an antidote, and they were returned to normal. (TAS: "The Ambergris Element")


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