Wed 20 Jul 16

Deep Sea World, Scotland's national aquarium, has unexpectedly become home to a host of bizarre new Pokemon Go characters.

Staff at the North Queensferry wildlife attraction noticed an increase in visitors using their smartphones in and around the aquarium.

They enlisted the expertise of a younger member of the team who confirmed the aquarium was now home to a host of different, aquatic themed Pokemon characters.

Deep Sea World's Nancy Sidhu said: "Most of us didn't really have any idea what was going on so I downloaded the Pokemon Go app on my phone and discovered there are at least five characters including Ponyta who we captured with our seals, Meowth, in the Span exhibition, Mankey in reception and Magnentite who was spotted in our car park!" she added.

Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game on smartphones. Players move around the real world in search of hundreds of virtual monster characters.

Pokemon first became popular in the 1990s when they appeared on the Nintendo Game Boy.

In the latest versions, which is already proving to be a global phenomenon, players can visit Pokestops - typically landmarks or buildings - and collect free items in the game.

The main aim is to catch Pokemon, which pop up along the way. The game provides an augmented reality experience, using the smartphone's camera to provide a live view of the world, with Pokemon superimposed.

Any creatures caught can be used in battle against other players at Pokemon gyms.

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