Here's my second Arvalis- inspired realistic Pokemon drawing, this time featuring Huntail and Gorebyss.
While Huntail and Gorebyss appear to be quite different, they are actually more closely related than any other Pokemon are. They're unique due to the fact that two parents that are the same can have the other as a baby. For example, two Gorebyss can have a Huntail as a baby. The cause of this is odd, and it will soon become clear.
Huntail and Gorebyss rely on a Pokemon known as Clamperl in order to breed. There's a widespread rumor that Clamperl is part of Huntail and Gorebyss' evolution chain. This theory is false. Here's what really happens. When a Huntail or a Gorebyss is about to lay an egg, they search the ocean floor for a Clamperl. When they find one, they lay their egg and place it inside the Clamperl. The Clamperl then cares for the egg until it hatches. However, the egg cannot hatch without the aid of a Clamperl. Clamperl in the wild are scavengers. They search the ocean floor for the bodies of Pokemon that have perished and feed on the remains. Depending on the part of the body that the Clamperl eats, the egg's content will change. If the host Clamperl eats the scales and/or fins of a dead fish Pokemon, the nutrients from the scales and fins will cause a chemical reaction within the egg and cause the embryo to develop into a Gorebyss. The same thing will happen for Huntail if the Clamperl eats the teeth and/or bones of the body. Eventually, the egg will hatch, but sadly, the energy of the hatching process becomes too much for the Clamperl to bare, and it dies after devoting its life to protecting the egg. Interestingly enough, the baby Huntail or Gorebyss that hatches can not only inherit attacks from its parents, but also from the Clamperl that guarded it. It is currently unknown as to why this happens.
Huntail and Gorebyss, being extremely closely related, also have several differences. Gorebyss prefers to dwell in the sun-filled, shallower waters of coral reefs and has a diet of both seaweed and small Pokemon. Huntail prefers to live in deeper waters, where it uses the bioluminescent organ at the end of its tail to attract prey and it uses the lights along the length of its body to attract mates. Huntail's diet constists of purely other Pokemon.
Shellos oddly looks even more adorable when realistically drawn lol. This was a lot of fun to design and it allowed me to experiment with giving these two attributes of existing fish. Huntail is based on the Gulper Eel and Gorebyss is based on the Snipe Eel. Spinda is next