The Vegimals are little cute and cuddly creatures, half vegetable, and half animal. All of them enjoy cooking, gardening, and helping the other Octonauts whenever they can. They speak Vegimalese, their own special language. Shellington is usually the only one who can understand what they are saying. All Vegimals have the lower halves of fish. Of all the Vegimals, however, Tunip is the only main character. They all tend to faint at shocking or bad news.
You can almost always find them in the Octopod's kitchen, where they like to bake fish biscuits and kelp cakes, or in the Octopod's garden where they can water the plants, fruits, and veggies. The Vegimals also seem to like helping Tweak fix and build things, especially Tunip, and in the Octopod Gym, where they have a Ping-Pong table, they enjoy playing a quick game whenever they want.
Vegimals have a radish-like head that comes in different colors and a fish-like body that is colored either green or blue.
Vegimal Name List
Tunip=Tuna and Turnip
Barrot=Bass and Carrot
Tominnow= Tomato and Minnow
Grouber= Tuber and Grouper
Codish= Cod and Radish
Sharchini= Zucchini and Shark
Perchkin= Pumpkin and Perch
Halibeet= Beet and Halibut
Yamchovy= Anchovy and Yam
Wallabaga= Rutabaga and Walleye
Pikato= Tomato and Pike
Charchard= Chard and Char
Maccoli= Broccoli and Mackerel
Carprika= Paprika and Carp
Albachoy= Bok Choy and Albacore
Salepeño= Jalapeño and Salmon
Vegi-Bot= Vegimal and Robot (Mariana Trench Adventure)
The Vegimal language
As stated earlier in the article, the Vegimals speak Vegimalese. Information relating to their method of communications have yet to be officially released, however I have collated some examples of spoken Vegimal and used context to decipher certain sounds and noises that they make. It is also likely that they do not speak an actual language (as in with syntax and grammar), and they use regular expressions in certain situations such as barks or alarm calls like dogs. However, this can be disputed as they seem to have "conversations" with one another. It can also be interpreted as a zooglot or an "animal language" with extremely simple grammar and syntax, similar to how Koko the gorilla speaks. Vegimals however, as seen in creature reports and other episodes, do have the ability to imitate and speak some spoken English, with their distinct accents, but however much prefer to stick with their native tongue.
Vegimal phonology is fairly simple. A very common sound they produce is a "voiced alveolar trill" or /r/, colloquially known as a "Rolled 'R'" like the Spanish r in "repollo" This commonly follows a Voiceless bilibial stop or /p/ as in the English "Pole"
The following IPA symbols can be heard from the Vegimals:
/r/ : Rolled "r"
/p/ : same as in english "p"
/ʈ/ : Not in english, pronounced by pronouncing a 't' but curling the tongue back to touch the hard palate.
Here are some Vegimalese phrases!
Pardon my interpretation since this is written based on what I heard in various episodes. Definitions are given based on context. Feel free to edit if you have a better interpretation.
*Characters such as ü is pronounced as ue (u + e sound).
Pronunciation parts in bold indicate that it must be stressed when spoken.
|Uüskah mika?||u-yu-skah mi-ka||What's that?|
|Cheepa wala.||chì-pa wa-la(h)||Disappointed||Used to express disappointment.|
|Didta, walla, fida||dǐ-dta, wa-la, fi-dta(h)||Ready, aim, fire||Used by Tunip to tell Barrot to fire the plunger at the GUP-E to pull it out of the snot blob.|