What do these two creatures have in common?
A lot more than their names, that’s for sure.
In Episode 14 of the BIONICLE animations, the Skull Scorpios make their first appearance in G2 canon. However, I noticed that once Lewa jumps on top of Ekimu’s tomb, the Scorpios squint, apparently not able to see him – that is, until light reflects off of his mask. I was curious about this particular detail, so I did a little research.
After a quick Google search, I found ScorpionWorld.com, which gives some facts that answered my question, and provided some interesting parallels between some other traits that these two possess.
Theses facts answered my initial question:
- The Scorpion doesn’t have good vision in spite of the fact that it has so many eyes. They have at least 6 but they can have as many as 12.
- They use the sense of smell to find food and to hide from danger.
- They rely on vibrations from their surroundings to help them determine what is taking place in their environment.
- a Scorpion is able to tell the difference between light and dark.
While the Scorpios only possess two eyes, these facts prove that the Scorpios senses are similar to a real scorpion, at least in this respect. This also explains why they didn’t notice the Toa’s presence until Tahu steps on a random bone, which the Scorpios notice the vibrations from. However, there are other similarities between the two species:
- There is fluorescent in the Scorpion that is believed to be part of the molting process but really is unknown.
The Skull Scorpios’ trans neon greenish yellow and trans neon reddish orange do seem to glow slightly due to being neon, and this is especially noticeable when you shine an LED flashlight on them, or use UV light. Something similar happens with actual scorpions. When a black scorpion is placed under UV light, it glows blue.
Another interesting similarity:
- The Scorpion loves to live around rocks, sand, and trees. However, they are very adaptable and have been found living in some very unusual places.
The Scorpios can be found living a graveyard, which is definitely unusual. Although, considering they used to be dead, it makes sense.
While the last two are most likely just coincidences, the first one was definitely on purpose. I’m very glad Merlin Mann & the BIONICLE animation team included these details, because it’s good to have some sort of tie to the IRL creature that the Skull Scorpios are based on. If there are any similarities I missed or forgot, please let me know.