pelagic zone

Pokémon in our Biomes: pt. 19 Open Oceans

“I’ve recently decided to make a series of posts with hypothetical thinking and analyzing of what Pokémon species could potentially be found in the world’s biomes. Not at all relative to the games, I will be focusing primarily of the elements, design, and relativity to real life flora and fauna of Pokémon to depict where different species would roam on our big blue marble.”

This will be my 19th Pokémon in our Biomes post, and this one will focus on the Open Ocean. Generally when we talk about open oceans we throw around the term pelagic zone. Much like the abyssal zone, the pelagic zone has its own specific characteristics that make it different than other oceanic zones. The difference of the pelagic zone compared to other zones is that it’s pretty much just water. No coral, no plant life, the pelagic zone encompasses everything from the surface of the water all the way down to just above the ocean floor, where the benthic and demersal zones lie respectively. 

The sheer vastness and openness of the oceans allow for some of the fastest, biggest, most migratory aquatic species. Because there isn’t much to offer in regards to nutrients and prey, pretty much all of the food chain in the pelagic zone starts with the bear essential: sunlight

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Common Diving Petrel (Pelecanoides urinatrix)

…a species of diving petrel (Pelecanoides spp.) which is known to breed along South Africa, and islands in the southern Indian Ocean and off of New Zealand and south-eastern Australia. outside of the breeding season P. urintrix spends most of its time out at sea, feeding along the continental shelf and occasionally in the deeper pelagic zone. Like other diving petrels P. urintrix obtains food (which is typically crustaceans and small fish) by pursuit diving, in a similar fasion to the unrelated auks. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Procellariformes-Pelecanoididae-Pelecanoides-P. urinatrix

Image(s): JJ Harrison