It still surprises me what you can learn if you research more on the species that the Pokémons are based on. This is no exeption :)
From a National Geographic blog:
Oh, and it should be obvious to any who were involved in the Digimon fandom what Marine Angemon is, now.The sea angel is the second undersea animal considered very special in this region. It is a tiny invertebrate, about 2-3 centimeters in length that flies through the water on diminutive wings. Its scientific name is Clione limacine and is found in various cold-water climes in a number of locations worldwide. Their little bodies are translucent and colored blue, red and orange. Small tentacles that look like horns can be seen on the tops of their heads. I knew that sea angles were found here in winter and had listed them near the top of my shot list. They truly seem otherworldly and to me, embody the spirit of this place perhaps more than any other animal. Seki-san and Ayako spoke of them often and told us how they awaited their arrival, which signaled that the ocean had transformed from autumn into winter. I had received an email a few weeks before I left home telling me they had seen the first Clione of 2008.
Each day on the way to Seki-san’s dive shop I saw sea angels painted on the side of the elementary school and even found Hello Kitty sea angel key chains in local gift shops. Clearly, they have become part of the local lore. But I learned from Seki that there is a National Geographic connection to this local lore. A little over twenty years ago, no one knew that sea angles lived in these waters. But around that time NGM photographer Flip Nicklin was working in Rausu with Japanese filmmaker Koji Nakamora. Flip was helping Koji with an underwater film and noticed the cliones while working underwater. He told Seki-san, who had just launched his dive shop business back then. Since that time, they have taken their place with other celebrated Hokkaido wildlife from brown bears and dancing cranes to snow monkeys. Seki also went on to tell me that Flip was the very first person from the United States to ever dive here. And since that time, no other American divers have come here. So Mauricio and I are the second and third divers from America to dive Hokkaido, as far as we know.
Up the airy mountains / Down the rushy Glen /
We dare not go a-hunting / For fear of Fairy-type Pokémon
That is amazing, I never would have figured that out.
I think dunsparce and it's link to the japanese tsuchinoko should be next.
It's amazing what you can learn by reading "On the Origin of Species." First of all, I never even heard of the clione. All I can say is: one professionally written article.
I was first introduced to the clione by this album cover. The band (who are Japanese) are fans of the clione, and the picture supposedly illustrates the creature's dual nature: both an angel and a demon. I was hooked on clione myself after reading about that.
This is really neat.
...personally, I'd like to see Drowzee next.
im cool and funky
I love reading these "On the Origin of Species" articles. Aside from learning about new facts, I see deeper connections between our world and the Pokemon world and how Pokemon is not, say, a game with a bunch of funny creatures.
I like On the Origin of Species. Thanks, George!