Rarely seen, float dragons tend to drift through the high winds in family groups, using their inner fires to rise and fall. Some youngsters, like Marlin here, struggle to maintain altitude, or to lower when needed.

Much like the wingless dragons of the mountains, the float dragons need concentration and calm to control their rise and fall. Float dragons have it easier, however, as once the skill is mastered, it becomes second nature. But finding the skill to balance yourself, maintain a perfect temperature, and still ride the winds, can be challenging for hatchlings and their growing bodies.

For now, Marlin tends to remain politely aloft at all times, tethered to a friend or master for safety. He’s only drifted away a few times, and always takes it with good humour – although some of his classmates have panicked for him.

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