And look! It has grown fins, and likes to make bubbles in the water. It must be close to maturing.
Young dragons are relatively defenseless. They are born with relatively soft scales, which are shed and replaced with harder ones as the hatchling matures. Once a hatchling’s wings grow in, it marks the beginning of maturation. At this point they are often capable of hunting on their own and are usually left alone by their mother.
As a tiny male shallow, this creature is accordingly adorned with larger fins than the female hatchlings--and he knows it. Being at the stage in life in which girls have cooties, he takes the greatest satisfaction in making the sissies blubber with jealousy at how big and grand his frills are compared to their tiny ones. However, much to his fury, a certain female remains unfazed by his boasting, stating that he looks stupid with them... and also that he smells like old cheese.