do they still do the 'salty' tutorial in maya books nowadays? it shows you how to make a seal in nurbs, create a ball, light it, etc. you can take all the methods from the salty tutorial and apply them to ANY animal. start with nurbs primitives, alter said primitives, then add the things (limbs, spiny things, etc.) that you need. try a google search on salty to learn more... or hell if you DO find it, do that tutorial and submit it. it's easy and quick.
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