Stranglers are mutated octopus that have grown larger and turned venomous. They have moved into shallow waters offshore, making coast life even more difficult.
Stranglers were once giant octopus, but when the bombs fell, a fair number fell into the ocean. Most sea life died off, but the giant octopus was slowly changed into what are now stranglers. Stranglers resemble octopi, but are much larger, about the size of a full grown man. Their once red skin has turned a sickly grey color and they have venomous spikes running down the sides of their tentacles.
Stranglers live in shallow waters off the East Coast of the United States, always in search of food. Once they find something worth eating, stranglers will wrap their tentacles around it and prevent their prey from getting away. The venomous bards that run down their tentacles will then pierce their prey's skin and a deadly venom will kill off their prey's nervous system. Once their prey has died, the strangler will slowly devour their corpse. Stranglers often come into conflict with Mirelurks, one of few surviving sea creatures. Mirelurks usually overcome stranglers, as they have claws that tear stranglers apart, and their tough shells repel strangler's barbs.
Stranglers feed on anything they come across. They usually feed off of mierlurk eggs that they find lying in the shallow waters. They often attempt to eat mierlurks themselves, but usually end up the meal. Stranglers also feed off of creatures on the shoreline, such as mole rats, dogs, feral ghouls, and the occasional fisherman.
Stranglers have powerful tentacles, which they use to trap, crush, or choke prey. They have venomous barbs on their tentacles, which contain a lethal venom. These barbs are sharp enough to pierce the skin, and is what stranglers use to kill their prey.
Stranglers have little defense, but can bury themselves in the sand to hide from potential predators.