Coral Reefs In Popular Culture

“Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.” – Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde penned a famous quote that is applies to the depiction of coral reefs in popular culture. In this case Art imitates life. One way coral reefs are depicted for children is how they are brought to life in the video game and television show Pokemon. Pokemon bases their creatures, or “pocket monsters”, off of real life myths and animals. In this case the Pokemon Corsola brings to life coral reefs who are real organisms of the sea.

When comparing coral reefs (left) and the Pokemon Corsola (right) the resemblance is evident.

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Pokemon has a history the Pokemon’s description fairly close to it’s real world origin. Here are some of it’s PokeDex entries (

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“Many live in the clean seas of the south. They apparently can’t live in polluted waters.”

Everything that is said about the Pokemon Corsola can be said about coral reefs from the PokeDex entries. It is amazing when art pulls inspiration from real world organisms and in this case it is coral reefs.

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