Are you one of the millions of people playing Pokémon Go? If so, expand your search to the Seattle Aquarium! We’re home to three PokéStops, and many happy players have discovered various Pokémon while enjoying our exhibits. As the Pokémon Go craze began to gather steam, we at the Aquarium noticed some distinct similarities between different kinds of Pokémon and our marine animals. See below for a roundup, then come see these animals in person on your next Aquarium visit—and catch a few Pokémon while you’re at it! Don’t forget to share your captures with us by tagging @SeattleAquarium or #SeattleAquarium. Good luck catching them all!
Tentacool vs. moon jellies
Tentacool is an aquatic Pokémon based on the box jellyfish. Tentacool may end up stuck on beaches when the tide goes out—and, since its body is largely composed of water, it will shrivel up, risking death from dehydration if it stays out of the sea for too long.
Moon jellies are made up of 98% water. If they get washed up on the beach on a warm and sunny day, they can literally evaporate to almost nothing!
Krabby vs. hermit crabs
Krabby is an omnivore and a scavenger; it rarely hunts for itself. It can filter feed by harmonizing bacteria in the sand, but this is rare. It is territorial, and in beaches where there is little food, fights between Krabby are common.
Hermit crabs are pretty easygoing about what they eat. In fact, they’ll dine on just about anything they can find in the water that surrounds them, including small fish, invertebrates (such as worms), plankton and any food particles that happen to be floating by.
Psyduck vs. tufted puffin
Psyduck is a medium-sized yellow duck Pokémon. Only the feet and the bill are tan. The other body parts are all yellow. Psyduck has three black hairs on top of its head, and its hands are on its head due to its constant headache.
During the summer breeding season, tufted puffins display an ornamental bill plate, as well as brilliant orange legs, a white “face mask” and distinctive golden tufts above the eyes.
Poliwag vs. skates
Poliwag is so soft its organs are actually visible. It also has trouble walking on its feet due to its lack of arms, which causes it to be unbalanced.
Skates have very pale skin that reveals internal organs. The underbelly of a skate looks like a face, but it is just the fish’s nose and mouth—the eyes are on the top of its body.
Magikarp vs. salmon
Magikarp have the Swift Swim ability, which increases Magikarp's speed when it’s raining. Despite being strong in the past, its descendants are considerably weaker. It struggles to swim against even the weakest of currents.
Adult salmon face a lot of challenges as they make their way from the ocean back to freshwater. They may get caught in a fisherman’s net, or by a hungry bear, eagle or otter. They may have to swim through polluted waters near populated areas. They may have to overcome high obstacles—some manmade, like dams; others natural, like waterfalls.
Seel vs. harbor seals
Seel is a sea lion Pokémon. It is covered with dense white fur to keep it warm underwater.
Unlike sea otters and river otters, harbor seals don’t rely on fur to stay warm. Instead, their thick layer of blubber provides insulation while storing energy, adding buoyancy in the water and contributing to their streamlined shape.