Octonauts is a British children’s television series based on the children’s book written by Vicki Wong and Michael Murphy. This series is so famous that it got a part 2. With that, here are the Octonauts characters in real life.
1. RIVER DOLPHIN
The first character on our list is the helpful river dolphin. In the show, Berta helped Barnacles find the Octo-Compass. Real dolphins are also very helpful. They are known to be one of the most beneficial mammals. In a Freak For My Pet article, Rachel Maus writes that dolphins have helped fishers catch fish, can work with the military, and can even potentially detect cancer in humans!
The animated version of this character is way more adorable than real barrel-fish. While these animals do have transparent heads, as portrayed in the show, their bodies are more boxy in real life. Their eyes are also more creepy and bright green.
With snowy white skin and red spikes, the show’s oarfish looks very different from the real species; because the real ones appear creepy and quite spine-chilling. As you can see from the pictures, these fish don’t look as happy and cheerful as the animated versions.
Last on our list is the fearless daredevil. For Dina’s size, she indeed is someone you should not underestimate. These small fish are abundant in countless nations, from Japan, China, India, and Indonesia. And just like in the show, they have flat bodies and silvery scales; pretty spot on.
5. POLAR BEAR
With his head held high, Captain Barnacles might be the bravest polar bear out there. Many people respect him for his courage and his strength and willingness to help those in need. But of course, real polar bears have more prominent and more muscular bodies. According to the Polar Bears International page, Adult males typically weigh 350 to more than 600 kilograms. Both versions also have a plantigrade stance, which means they walk on the soles of their feet.
This engineer is one of the smartest and skilled characters of the show. Her primary role is to ensure the order in the engine room. Tweak is also responsible for the maintenance of the Octonauts vehicles. The bunny loves to fix and invent things. Generally speaking, these animals are smart. An article from the Bunny Approved website stated that bunnies could memorize, solve problems, and react to cues, which is very impressive. So, if you have a bunny at home, try giving them some logic toys.
Let’s talk about the adorable medical officer of the show. Peso has shown some character development throughout the episodes; you can observe how much braver he becomes every time. And for his small size, he has a huge and kind heart. Furthermore, he has also shown his admiration for Captain Barnacles as he often strives to make him proud. With that, let’s talk about real penguins. They do have large heads and elongated bodies for starters, which was perfectly portrayed. And in terms of behavior, they are also very much alike.
It is time to move the spotlight to the sweet and kind Dashi. You can observe the character often listening to music through her pink earphones and taking pictures in the show. With her long ears and brown fur, Dashi is a Dachshund dog. Now that we got that straight Let us briefly discuss the characteristics of this breed of dogs. First of all, these dogs are considered to be scent hound dogs. And in essence, these types of dogs are often the partners of hunters. But they are not only good companions to hunters; they can be great family dogs as well. Dachshunds are also fairly easy to train and impressively intelligent.
9. COMBTOOTH BLENNY
We all know that fishes are mainly underwater. However, Blenny from Octonauts tells otherwise. Blenny is known to be a Combtooth Blenny, a terrestrial fish. According to the Pacific Long Border website, the Blennies are flexible fishes; they can use their gills for breathing and fins for jumping on land.
10. TORPEDO RAY
With his large oval body, thick tail, and honeycomb-like skin, Ray is known to be a Torpedo Ray. A remarkable ability of Ray is using electricity for his everyday activity. However, real-life Torpedo Rays can be dangerous. According to Britishseafishing.co, they can knock a full-grown human with their electricity!
11. CORAL POLYP
Corey might appear adorable in the series, but real-life Coral Polyp can be intimidating. From what we have read on the Murex Dive Resorts website, Coral Polyps might look like plants but are actually animals. They prey on passing planktons and small fishes when the polyps extend and sting them.
12. BLUEHEAD WRASSE
This friendly fish named Robert is known to be a Bluehead Wrasse. He loves to eat algae and swim on the reefs. In real life, Bluehead Wrasses are foragers as they feed on different prey like crustaceans, zooplankton, and parasites, as told by Oceana. Undoubtedly, they are the reef’s friends!
13. IMMORTAL JELLYFISH
Immortality seems to be an impossible power to humans. However, Dorian the Immortal Jellyfish was born to possess this power. According to the AMNH website, when the Immortal Jellyfishes were injured, they can transform back into a polyp and be born-again. However, once their predator eats them, their “immortality” ends.
Sammy, as a Surgeonfish, possesses spikes that protect her against her enemies. If you’re wondering why they are called “Surgeonfishes,” we have read from the Live Science website that their “scalpel-like” spines on their caudal fin are the reason. These spines contain toxins that protect the Surgeonfishes against their predators.
15. LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLE
In the show, Sandy is Tweak’s friend who uses the underwater currents for her to travel the world. Well, this does not stray away from the truth that the Leatherback Sea Turtles as migratory animals. According to the World Wildlife website, these turtles cross both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
16. ANTARCTIC SEA STAR
When Saul’s arm was torn off, he regrew it. This regeneration ability is common among Sea Stars, as told by the National Geographic website. They can regenerate their limbs or even their entire bodies. To accomplish this, they house their vital organs in their arms! They indeed are a star!
No, this fish doesn’t “squawk” like a parrot or copy someone’s voice. Instead, Parrotfishes are known to change their color, shape, and gender, as told by National Geographic. The reason they are called “Parrotfishes” because their teeth resemble the bird’s beak. Watch out because those teeth are harder than gold!
18. HARBOR SEAL
As an ace detective, Harry has a unique way of solving cases by following the ripples he feels with his whiskers. It is revealed by the One Kind Planet website that Harbor Seals have sensitive whiskers that help them determine a fish’s size, shape, and distance through the water’s vibrations!
19. MIMIC OCTOPUS
We have met remarkable octopuses here in the series, such as Professor Inkling and Coba. Now, let’s meet Mortimer, a Mimic Octopus. Mimic Octopuses are known to be the masters of deception. We’ve read from the Marine Bio website that Mimic Octopuses impersonate other sea creatures as their survival strategy.
20. LION’S MANE JELLYFISH
The real-life version of Leo seems to appear like a mix of beauty and creepy. With its thousand fine tentacles, you might not want to get near it. As told by the Mental Floss website, Lion’s Mane Jellyfishes can have up to 1200 tentacles and use them in catching prey.
21. WATER BEAR
Frank, as a Water Bear, doesn’t possess the sturdy built that land bears have. They are microscopic animals that inhabit moist places. According to the Live Science website, a fascinating thing about Water Bears is that they are indestructible; they can withstand radiation, boiling liquid, massive pressure, and outer space!
22. PORCUPINE PUFFERFISH
Some animals tend to hide or camouflage whenever they are threatened. However, Puffy the Porcupine Pufferfish has a different way of facing their predators. According to the Birch Aquarium website, Pufferfishes inflate their bodies to scare the smaller predators away. Additionally, their bodies contain tetrodotoxin that is deadlier than cyanide.
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