what do you think about remoraid and octilliery did someone ask about this?
Sit yourself down anon, because ol’ ommanyte here is about to get a bit ranty.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Octillery. Cephalopods are like my favourite animal group. And hey, remoraid is a pretty cool guy too, remoras are awesome. But the fallacy, the fucking insinuation, that a fish ‘evolves’ into an octopus rustles all 700 of my biology jimmies.
We’re not only taking about this bizzare vertebrate to invertebrate cross , but a split even further back on the evolutionary tree, in relation to embryological development (molluscs are protostomes, i.e. when the gut forms in the embryo, the first hole that forms becomes the mouth, where as in us and echinoderms (starfish etc), the deuterostomes, the first hole becomes the anus lol)
And this isn’t the only instance of such biological blasphemy in the pokemon world. Clamperl, again a mollusc, is supposed to ‘evolve’ into one of two fish, again an invertebrate/vertebrate cross.
Do I have an explanation for this? Maybe. Perhaps scientists in the pokemon world are actually a bit shit, and perhaps we are just exposed to psuedoscience and myths a lot because we literally play the games from the perspectives of children… but I think these ‘evolutions’ so to speak could be explained by a mixture of poor observation and folklore.
Here is my real world example. Meet the Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) and the Goose Barnacle (Pollicipes pollicipes)
Back in the day, people thought that the geese literally grew and were born from these barnacles
Haha what idiots right? Birds hatching from barnacles lol. But don’t be too quick to judge. Barnacle geese are migratory, flying to the arctic circle from temperate latitudes, such as the british isles every summer to breed and raise their young. Europeans at the time would never actually witness the geese breeding and rearing chicks the old fashioned eggy bird way, but just manifesting in large numbers to do goose stuff every winter. Perhaps they grew and matured under the sea as barnacles during the summer, and hatch and flock as geese when winter approached. The barnacles do look like geese heads, and for lack of a better explanation for all these birds materialising, the connection was made and stuck fast, forming the folklore that gives both the geese and the barnacles their names today.
So, we have here a real life example of people thinking invertebrates could grow into vertebrates. Could the case of Remoroid -> Octillery, and Clamperl -> Gorebyss/Huntail be a similar case of association and lack of observation? Perhaps Remoraid are migratory, and move away from coastal habitats just when Octillery juveniles hatch and appear. Maybe Octillery predate on mature remoraid. Both instances could result in remoraid being there in one moment, but not the next. If an octillery is there in the habitat to take it’s place then perhaps the connection could be made between the two.
And what of Clamperl? I always thought that the pink ‘pearl’ could in fact be a fish egg, with the bivalve clam pokemon a separate entity (perhaps the blue stuff?) Both huntail and gorebyss could lay their eggs within the clam, and upon maturation of the eggs it appears that the clam itself has turned into the respective fish pokemon (both gorebyss and huntail could lay eggs in the same clam, but pheromones from adult conspecifics, i.e. from the deep sea scale/tooth are needed for the specific fish pokemon species to hatch? I dunno, that’s a story for another time lol)
It could be that these evolutionary stories perpetuate in the pokemon world because biologists are actually terrible at making observations of pokemon life histories (well like they did think that there were only 150 pokemon and now there are like over 700, or the relatively recent discovery of baby pokemon - I know this is all game mechanic stuff, but still), or maybe, as a ten year old, you still believe that remoraid grow into octillery because your grandmother told you such stories when you were a tot, but in my head anyway, these associative myths can explain these ‘evolutions’.
(I know it doesn’t explain trainers who raise these pokemon in isolation from the wild but shhhhhh)