Scientists Are Helping People Find 'Real Life' Pokémon

Gotta catch 'em all!

Pokémon GO is the new app that has taken the world completely by storm, which you probably know unless you have been living under a rock for the last two weeks (and even then, you should have come across people searching for Geodude).

While most of us remember playing Pokémon back in the day on our Game Boy Colors and hunting for Squirtle while not actually moving anything but our thumbs, the new mobile version is a form of augmented reality, requiring people to go out into the world in order to play the game. A glorious side effect of this has been that players are actually going outside into the world and paying attention to their surroundings, interacting with nature in ways they may never have before. 

As a result, people are becoming more aware of the wildlife in their communities — much to the joy of scientists everywhere. And some animals people come across are so incredible, they could almost count as Pokémon themselves!

AsapSCIENCE recently highlighted some of the most incredible Poké-like creatures on the planet and revealed the way in which scientists on Twitter are performing an awesome service to trainers who are curious about what they're seeing in the real world. 

Check it out:

As the video explained, scientists on Twitter are using #PokemonIRL to celebrate animals with really incredible traits:

Trainers who aren't sure what wild animals they're seeing can use #PokeBlitz to ask scientists for identification help.

Have anything to add to #PokemonIRL or #PokeBlitz? Head on over to Twitter and make your submission!

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