Pikachu Sea Slug Is The Real-Life Pokémon In Japan

Posted: Aug 23 2016, 1:36pm CDT | by , in Gaming


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Pikachu Sea Slug is the Real-Life Pokémon in Japan
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  • Pikachu Look-Alike Sea Slug in Japan may have been the Original Inspiration for the Cute Character

The cultural pundits are surmising the fact that a Pikachu look-alike sea slug in Japan may have been the original inspiration for the cute character.

A little roly poly sea slug from Japan known as thecacera pacifica was introduced to the rest of the world by a teacher who happens to also be somewhat of a celebrity. The particularly interesting feature of this marine life form is its striking resemblance to the Pikachu character in the Nintendo-based game. The Pokemon franchise rakes in profits worth millions of dollars each year. The program arranged by the teacher showed pics of the slug which was cute and absolutely adorable.

The brightly colored sea slug is in fact so much like the Pokemon character that it may have been the original source of inspiration for the roly poly hamster-like monster.

The people who are currently mad about Pokemon Go are going barmy about this little wonder from the sea surrounding the island of Japan. The parallels between the bright yellow sea slug and Pikachu are so many that it goes without saying that it was imitated by man in his game-playing nature.

Now this cute butterball of a sea slug has been renamed the Pikachu Sea Slug in honor of being the spitting image of the Nintendo character. The small sponge-like bright yellow sea slug can be found along the coastal waters of Izu, Bonin and Yakushima in Japan.

It can even be seen on the beach and is often incorporated into pendants and small figures. While such sea slugs are aplenty in aquariums throughout the world, in Japan in particular, there are 25 species. You can find 120 similar marine animals in the official aquariums of Japan.

The little critter is gorgeous and exotic to behold. It almost has a fluorescent yellow coloring and bears an alien outlook. When you put a Pikachu and this sea slug side by side you can well appreciate the fact that it is a cultural body double of this natural creature.

Man has taken a lot from Nature and even improved upon some of the ideas and functions. Yet it remains in a class of its own since the universal process behind Mother Nature is organic and unconscious.

The universe does not need to read the scientist’s dusty tomes and textbooks before proceeding to create life forms and materials in profusion.

Source: Spotlight via Rocketnews24

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