The creatures of the most successful franchise in the history of capitalism, accumulate a value of approximately US $ 95 billion, varying their products between games, dolls and cards.
They often resemble many things that we have in the real world, such as canids, felines, birds, fish and even inanimate objects like a lamp, or a bunch of keys.
But Mother Nature herself provided us with some beings that could easily be mistaken for some of the little monsters created for the series that would go on to become a fever in the late 90s, and which remains today as an example of a successful franchise worldwide.
Meet 5 real animals that seem to have come straight from the Pokémon world
1 – Axolotl
This friendly amphibian, which is part of the salamander family, maintains some characteristics of when it was still a larva and, therefore, it may seem a bit bizarre at first, but believe me, this little friend is a great ally of modern science, for possessing a great capacity for regeneration, among them, the ability to regenerate amputated extremities and the complete repair of the spinal cord in case of injuries.
Your Pokémon world counterpart is just as adorable, Mudkip, water initial of the third generation of pocket monsters.
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2 – Star-nosed mole
This strange type of mole, which looks more like an alien than something on our planet, is considered one of the ugliest animals in the world. THE star-nosed mole is a small digging mammal that lives in tunnels in North America.
This animal is easily recognized by its nose full of small appendages, as if they were tentacles, which serve as sensory touch organs and help the mole to guide itself in the darkness of its tunnels.
An interesting fact about these animals is that they are the only species of mammal capable of smelling underwater, and each time it presses its star against the ground, it gives you a view of what surrounds you, and these images come together in the brain like pieces of a puzzle.
Your Pokémon world counterpart could be the Excadrill, Mole Pokémon that also has a type of lump in its snout.
3 – Collared lizard
This little lizard, also known as Australian Dragon Lizard, lives in the Australian deserts and is known especially for the cartilage structure behind its head that can open up to look bigger and deter predators.
They are solitary and carnivorous beings and feed basically on insects. Despite not presenting a real danger to humans, there are reports of collared lizards that advance when they feel threatened.
It certainly served as inspiration for the electric lizard Heliolisk, which has the same type of cartilage behind its head and uses it to store and absorb energy. It is said at Pokedex that only a Heliolisk could generate enough energy to supply a commercial building.
4 – Giant spider crab
This true monster, which inhabits the seas near Japan, can reach an incredible 3.8 meters with its legs outstretched, as adults, these animals become omnivores, that is, they feed on both meat and vegetables.
They do not usually hunt, usually assume the behavior of scavengers, which means that they mostly feed on the remains of dead animals. Despite their size, these creatures are extremely light, reaching a maximum weight of 19kgs.
They are very similar to Pokémon Kingler, even more to one of its more recent forms, the Gigantamax, new in the latest games in the franchise – Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield-, which increases and modifies the shape of some specific Pokémon.
5 – Black Sea Devil Fish
This animal, which certainly traumatized some children who watched the iconic 2003 animation, is real and was captured on cameras for the first time only in 2014.
This fish can live at depths of up to 8,000 meters, and has an antenna that lights up thanks to the existence of bioluminescent bacteria, which it uses to attract prey, just as it appeared in the classic animation.
An interesting fact about this species is that females measure up to 20 centimeters, almost 10x more than the male, which does not survive alone and needs to mate with its mate as a species of parasite.
Your world counterpart Pokémon is much less frightening, but maintains the characteristic of the illuminating antenna, the electric fish Lanturn.