Diver type- Has tougher hide and are much heavier than common wailords. This allows them to live in deeper ocean levels and are suited best for competitive battling.
Butterfly type- Bred to have longer fins, and unique markings. This wailord seems to be popular among coordinators
Dwarf type- a natural mutation that seems to be favored by casual Pokemon owners. It is completely the same as the common just smaller and better suited for travel.
Mirage type- These whales are so buoyant they are unable to dive leaving there open back exposed to the sun. Many have grown complete living islands on their back. Many scientists believe this is the secret to why mirage islands disappear and reappear weeks later.
Highway 80, the only road to Tybee Island, Ga., in June. High tides are forcing the road to close several times a year. Credit Stephen B. Morton for The New York Times
For decades, as the global warming created by human emissions caused land ice to melt and ocean water to expand, scientists warned that the accelerating rise of the sea would eventually imperil the United States’ coastline.
Now, those warnings are no longer theoretical: The inundation of the coast has begun. The sea has crept up to the point that a high tide and a brisk wind are all it takes to send water pouring into streets and homes.
Federal scientists have documented a sharp jump in this nuisance flooding — often called “sunny-day flooding” — along both the East Coast and the Gulf Coast in recent years. The sea is now so near the brim in many places that they believe the problem is likely to worsen quickly. Shifts in the Pacific Ocean mean that the West Coast, partly spared over the past two decades, may be hit hard, too.
These tidal floods are often just a foot or two deep, but they can stop traffic, swamp basements, damage cars, kill lawns and forests, and poison wells with salt. Moreover, the high seas interfere with the drainage of storm water.
Local governments, under pressure from annoyed citizens, are beginning to act. Elections are being won on promises to invest money to protect against flooding. Miami Beach is leading the way, increasing local fees to finance a $400 million plan that includes raising streets, installing pumps and elevating sea walls.
But the local leaders say they cannot tackle this problem alone. They are pleading with state and federal governments for guidance and help, including billions to pay for flood walls, pumps and road improvements that would buy them time.
Yet Congress has largely ignored these pleas, and has even tried to block plans by the military to head off future problems at the numerous bases imperiled by a rising sea. A Republican congressman from Colorado, Ken Buck, recently called one military proposal part of a “radical climate change agenda.”
The gridlock in Washington means the United States lacks not only a broad national policy on sea-level rise, it has something close to the opposite: The federal government spends billions of taxpayer dollars in ways that add to the risks, by subsidizing local governments and homeowners who build in imperiled locations along the coast.
As the problem worsens, experts are warning that national security is on the line. Naval bases, in particular, are threatened; they can hardly be moved away from the ocean, yet much of their land is at risk of disappearing within this century.
Water from a tidal stretch of the Potomac River flooded Old Town Alexandria in Virginia during high tides in early June. Credit Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times
At the City Market in Charleston, S.C., one of the most popular spots in town, shoppers dodged seawater that bubbled up from storm drains during high tide in June. Credit Hunter McRae for The New York Times
October hurricanes aren’t supposed to be this scary. Hurricane Matthew plowed across Haiti yesterday as one of the strongest storms ever recorded at this time of year — and the most powerful to strike that country in half a century. The United Nations is calling it the worst humanitarian crisis to hit Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. After swiping Cuba this morning, Matthew now threatens the southeastern United States, with potential landfall by this weekend.
Tropical storm season technically runs through November, but August and September — when ocean temperatures peak — are typically the major months of concern. By October, sea surface temps usually decline, reducing storm intensity. (Warm water = jet fuel for hurricanes.)
But CO2-heated oceans, combined with sea-level rise, could increase the danger of strong late-season storms. Recent studies suggest that tropical cyclones might become less frequent in a warmer world — but the ones we do get will be stronger and more damaging.
With surface temps currently at or above average for October, Matthew’s projected track is cause for alarm. The governors of Florida, Georgia, and both Carolinas have declared emergencies, with coastal evacuations — which could include millions of people — beginning today. Matthew might provide a very unwelcome October surprise.
I can’t avoid posting the recent radar image of Hurricane Matthew which is sloshing around the internet, because the image looks like a grotesque, frightening skull:
this isn’t happening metaphorically. it doesn’t have anything to do with you at all
in fact why do you think nothing is meaningful unless it means something, do you think a narrative thread is something you’ll find at the bottom of your bag, underneath all the used-bookstore receipts?
i get that the rising ocean levels have scared you into realizing it’s all going to end, but listen
you’re not going to build a utopian future out of meltwater
So one of the things that I think is significant in SU is that I think that every time characters are associated with elements, those elements are significant to their personality, but not in the stereotypical way.
Lapis does not have the personality of the common depicted “water person.” Lapis is in many ways, an ocean.
Deep and difficult to understand, with capacity that stretches for miles below the surface. People talk about holding back the tide as an exercise in futility because water is not commonly seen as a destructive force but in great enough volumes it’s virtually unstoppable, even if it ins’t moving especially quickly.
Pressurized water can cut through steel. But a slow-moving ocean can level an entire cliffside to the ground given time.
Lapis has the tenacity of the sea. She’s not easily budged on anything- deeply opinionated and deeply convicted. Many times, we see Steven trying to contradict or argue with her, and her general tactic is simply to disengage and shut him out. When it came to Malachite, Jasper struggled against her- going by Super Watermelon Island, probably tried to bargain or argue with her- and Lapis held out for a long enough time that the one element of her Jasper has praised is not her strength but her willpower.
The sea runs deep and old. It’s a home to many of the oldest life on the planet, fish known outright as living fossils. And another thing about the ocean is that it is very difficult to actually get down into the depths of the sea.
Looking only at the surface of the ocean, what you get is a very changeable image that depends on location and time of day. Seagoing storms can form and surge very quickly with devastating effect and whipping winds can calm themselves just as quickly. A tropical shallow and an ice-strewn arctic ocean are technically the same sea but present a radically different character.
This is Lapis. Acting out of a long-held central core, her surface is significantly more changeable. One of the greatest misconceptions we had of her character early on was assuming that the face she showed Steven as his “beach summer fun buddy” was the face she shows everyone, which is hardly the case. It’s not even the only side of her that she shows Steven.
“two-faced” doesn’t necessarily cover it. Lapis is a compelling liar when she wants to be. But even when honestly expressing herself, she does so in different ways. I think it’s simply that in some ways Lapis is a capricious person, and her current situation, with the sense of helplessness and desperation it’s given rise to, is an environment that means that she can storm very quickly and very easily.
But what we see is that these storms will often blow themselves out. As tenacious as Lapis can be, if she’s openly raging about something she tends to burn out and seek isolation instead. This can be seen in Ocean Gem and subtly in Barn Mates- after initially confronting Peridot she simply left to go sit on top of the silo and seemed quite comfortable simply not thinking about Peridot.
This was sort of rambly, but, in summing it up, I think that Lapis’s affiliation with the sea informs her character in several interesting ways:
Operating out of a sense of history; the sea is seen as a sort of primordial cradle, and Lapis is heavily motivated by her thoughts of home. Like the ocean, Lapis has an internally consistent nature and she is largely disinterested in changing thus far.
Somewhat capricious, a high-energy temper that, without her tenacity backing it, frequently exhausts itself. Lapis is quick to anger and in some ways quick to calm again, whether or not this means that she considers the issue resolved and the other person worthy of forgiveness.