Pokémon in our Biomes pt. 12: Beaches and Coasts
“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.”
Before I start, I want to thank each and every one of you for all of your support, but more specifically, your patience. I’m sorry it has been some time since I’ve written anything, but now that my exams are over, I have more time to concentrate on these posts. For the twelfth Pokémon in our biomes, I will be focusing on beaches and coasts, specifically terrestrial or semi-aquatic species that thrive near large bodies of water, but prefer to live on land or in shallow pools.
Now that we’ve covered quite a few species, the remaining biome posts may have a bit more of a concentrated list. I imagine this post will be like that. Although there are arguably quite a few possible candidates, only a few species in my opinion would be suited for mainly coastal life. Beaches and tidal pools as you can imagine, can be very warm, hot, and sunny environments, however several coastal regions are very rocky, cold, and stormy. Species that survive on coasts or beaches generally have specific adaptations pertaining to their respective temperatures, food sources, terrain, etc.
Beaches can be a nice, and relaxing get-away, where soothing waves calm each nerve, but moreover, less tropical coastlines, like the ones on the west coasts of North America and Europe, tend to be very violent with huge winds and waves crashing on the rocks. Although it may seem impossible, life is sustainable in these environments, and I imagine there would be some Pokémon that would survive there if they were real.
Let’s get started!
As I mentioned in the coral reef post, there is an immense symbiotic relationship between Shellder and Slowpoke. Shellder attaches itself to either the tail or head of Slowpoke, evolving it to either Slowbro or Slowking respectively, and as several Pokédex entries state, if the Shellder is removed from the Slowbro/king, it will revert back to a Slowpoke. As the Shellder releases its venom, this triggers strong psychic capabilities. However, I still struggle to see how this really benefits the Slowpoke. I suppose that providing a convenient way to travel and having a constant food supply is quite the evolutionary benefit, but I still fail to see how this truly benefits the Slowpoke.
Either way, it seems that the Slowpoke likes to have the shelled companion become part of it. Whether it is for better defensive strategies, or being more in tune with its psychic potential, Slowpoke thrives better with Shellder. Due to this, Slowpoke needs to live near Shellder. Because Slowpoke is a quadrupedal water Pokémon, obviously this means that Slowpoke isn’t going to spend its whole life in the water.
Aside from the anatomy, Slowpoke are too lazy to be swimming constantly, and in all of the video games and anime, Slowpoke and its evolutions tend to stay on the land, but near water. Furthermore, referring to Slowking’s dex, the king is remarkably pacifist, and extremely calm and collected. All points aside, I believe that warm, sunny beaches are the perfect habitat for a Pokémon species who do nothing but relax.
I think that these two go without saying. Like fiddler crabs that these Pokémon are designed off of, Krabby will swallow sand to absorb nutrients if it goes for long periods without food. Although fiddler crabs don’t necessarily swallow the sand, they do filter it, and this process is expected to be quite beneficial to the sand as it becomes aerated through the process.
Kingler, like Krabby, is very much like real life fiddler crabs. Although there is no indication that Kingler filters/eats sand like Krabby, it does utilize a large powerful pincer as a weapon, tool, and a means of communication with other Kinglers. Furthermore, Kingler uses its huge claw to pry open Shellder and Cloyster as a meal, and like mentioned in the coral reefs post, Shellder and Cloyster both live among coral beds across the globe. Even though Kingler and Krabby both eat the shelled Pokémon, I doubt that they would stay submerged for long periods of time, and as Krabby’s dex entry does say, they live in burrows made on beaches.
As someone majoring in environmental technology, a common subject in class is that of ecology and the effects of humans and animals on each other. One reoccurring theme is that of barnacles, clams, and other shelled arthropods that clog water drains and cause all kinds of issues for humans.
When I imagine the Northern West Coast, I imagine huge waves crashing down on the rocks by a lighthouse or breakwater, with thousands of barnacles making their home among the rocks or in tide pools. What’s interesting about barnacles, is they can close their shells to survive for long periods of time on land, and although it would make sense to consider them as purely aquatic animals, they do fare well in very shallow pools and on rocks. As long as there is substantial water flow through their feather legs to filter the oxygen they use to breathe, different species survive better in different depths.
However, for sake of argument, let’s focus on the fact that not only does Bincale move about on land by extending and contracting its limbs to hop around, but Barbaracle is a bipedal and humanoid rock-barnacle creature. Although by definition they are both half water types, the anatomy suggests that these Pokémon may not be entirely aquatic.
When you think of any kind of animal near any body of water, (besides fish), you think of seagulls. Being born and raised in Northern Ontario where there are more lakes and ponds than can be counted, seagulls are a common sight, although Pelicans are generally found near more tropical and larger bodies of water.
Wingull and Pelipper are the typical water-fowl of the Pokémon world. Found near all major bodies of water in most of the games and anime, the two water/flying Pokémon are said to make their nests near coastal cliffs.
Not much else can really be said about these two. Other than the fact that they represent the animals they are based off of in an amazingly fabricated way, as they both utilize updrafts coming off of the coasts to rise gracefully through the air like their respective animals they’re based off of, Wingull and Pelipper are simple symbols of beaches and coasts of the Pokémon world.
Although their Pokédex depict both of these Pokémon to be mainly jungle inhabiting, I find that they would thrive quite well on tropical beaches. Because there are around 2600 species of palm trees in real life, they usually tend to survive better in warmer and drier climates, however their range allows for many inhabitable environments.
Palms have become a symbol of vacation and relaxation, simply because coconut palms are so common in popular tropical vacation spots, and Exeggutor portrays that same kind of tropical relaxation. As Gold’s dex entry even says, it is friendly, and never appear to squabble, and other entries even say it originated from the tropics. Again we are faced with another relaxing and easy going Pokémon to match the lifestyle of the tropics. Furthermore, because like palm trees, Exeggutor has several large compound, evergreen leaves that would necessitate constant sunlight, which in my opinion, supports why it would be better off in the open beaches.
An interesting feature of Pelipper, is that it will carry objects and eggs in its huge bill back to its nest on a seaside cliff or rockbed. Obviously, because Exeggcutes are, well, eggs, it makes sense that small groups of them may be picked up by the Pelippers, and when six are grouped together, this produces a healthy and balanced group of Exeggcute as they always form in sixes. This is an interesting theory, as Exeggcute may serve as a sort of parasitic mockingbird, who lay their eggs in other species’ nests to be raised.
My best friend and I plan on moving to B.C. in a few years. I know that one thing I am looking forward to are the harbours, as I have never been to a real ferry harbour. My hometown has a waterfront, and obviously Toronto has a decent waterfront as well, but seeing photos and videos of the docks around B.C. always get me excited to live there.
Buizel and Floatzel are both the sea weasel Pokémon, and have floatation sacs that deflate and inflate to aid it in swimming, and Floatzel is such a strong swimmer it can even let people ride on its back. Because of this, I can’t help but imagine that these Pokémon would make notable lifeguards. I can see how if Pokémon were real, many fishermen and sailors would benefit with having a couple of these powerful swimmers on board in the case someone went overboard in a storm at sea.
Whether it be at a beach, rocky coast, or a harbour, there are many cases of Pokémon working for the benefit or in close relationship with humans, and there needs to be some species that will look out for those at sea.
Well, that’s it!
Thanks so much for reading. I’m not going to lie, a couple of these Pokémon were a bit challenging to go into detail with because they were (imo) simply obvious. However, the research I put into it made me really pumped to move to the West Coast. Some Pokémon I considered, like Squirtle and its evolutions, but at least for the tiny turtle Pokémon, I found that it is much more suited to life near small ponds or lakes.
Either way, I hope you enjoyed it. Again, I apologize for the wait, things have been up and down in my life lately, and I have been busy. Thank you again for your patience, and of course if you have any feedback or suggestions, please let me know, I love talking to you guys about these posts! As always reblogs are always encouraged. I have been getting a steady grow in followers, although I’m still waiting for these to take off, but that’s me just being optimistic.