If you collect Pokémon, you’ve most likely noticed how some take cues from real-world animals in terms of design and mannerism. From classics like Seel and Wailmer, to Pokémon X and Y’s Clauncher and Froakie, the types of animals used for inspiration are wildly varied. Also varied is how accurate these Pokemon parallels are to real-world animals--and how well they'd survive in North America. Shockingly, it's sometimes plausible, according to four scientists who work with bears, marine mammals, raptors (birds, not dinosaurs), and amphibians.
To find out which Pokemon could actually survive in the wild, we had a chat with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game regional wildlife supervisor Larry Van Daele, University of Alaska marine mammal biologist Kate Wynne, Carpenter Nature Center executive director Jennifer Vieth, and James Tumulty, University of Minnesota PHD student in the department of ecology, evolution, and behavior of frogs. The results are about as shocking as a Pikachu’s thunderbolt striking a poor, crying Torchic. That is to say, extremely shocking (and quite possibly electrifying).