In 2364, Malencon became disturbed by the fact that there were erratic power surges in many of the servomechanisms in his hydraulic probes. His first thought was that it had something to do with the increased conductivity from the high saline content. It was actually caused by the indigenous microbrain lifeform, which the terraformers discovered, and kept secret.
Later in 2364, the crew of the USS Enterprise-D visited the planet. Lieutenant Commander Data believed that the efficiency of Malencon's hydraulic landscaping was elegant. The project director, Kurt Mandl, sent Malencon to the hydraulics chamber, hoping that he could get the hydraulic probes back on-line. Malencon was killed by a laser drill in the room under the influence of the microbrains.