Now I will admit, I am a classic 90’s child. Every Saturday, I would get up, go downstairs and switch straight to SMTV Live and watch shows from power rangers to Pokémon.
To start off, I was insanely excited about the worldwide phenomenon that is Pokémon go! I mean, who didn’t dream of being a Pokémon trainer once in there lives? Anyone? Just me? Right, moving on!
I can’t help but think that no matter how much fun this game is, it’s taking attention away from the worlds real wildlife! Animals we need, animals we could not live without, animals we now ignore.
Each week we will compare Pokémon vs. real animals, just to show how close Pokémon look to our REAL LIFE animals.
So my first Pokémon is Squirtle, which evolves into Wartortle and then into Blastoise (all pictured above respectively). The shell on the back is a big give away. Coming from one of my personal favourite groups of animals, the reptiles.
This tortoise pictured above, better known as the Galapagos Tortoise, is the largest tortoise in the world! This fantastic creature can reach a weight of 250kg and still today is one of the longest living vertebrate animals (animals with a spine). Their average lifespan is usually up to 50 years but some have been known to live over 100 years old. Did you know both Charles Darwin and Steve Irwin cared for the same Galapagos Tortoise?!
The Galapagos tortoise
You may have guessed by the name that they are found on the many different islands of the Galapagos. Made famous by the late biologist Charles Darwin. These giant reptiles are thought to descend from a single species, with 14 different subspecies, 4 of which are already extinct. On the island today there are said to be close to around 15,000 tortoises.
Each subspecies of tortoise is different on each island. The saddle backed tortoises inhabit the drier islands where vegetation is sparse. The domed tortoises inhabit the cooler wetter islands with a variety of vegetation, each one has adapted to its own island, a great example of micro-evolution.
These tortoise are herbivores, this means they only eat plants and vegetables so meat is not on the menu for these reptiles. On their islands their diet will consist of cacti, fruits, grasses and vines. Being the robust animals they are, they can store food and water to last up to a year. They do this by breaking down their body fat to produce water. Maybe this is how blastoise is able to blow water out of his cannons! JOKE!
Well there you have it, Pokémon vs. the Galapagos tortoise, as you can guess I am voting for the REAL Galapagos Tortoise, and every other species of tortoise in general!
Who do you vote for??