Sea Monkeys
Sea monkeys
Chapter Details
Chapter #: 3
Volume: 1
Kanji Title: 悟空·海へ走る
Rōmaji Title: Gokū · Umi e Hashiru
Translated Title: Goku Runs to the Sea
Release Date: 1984
English Release:
Saga: Emperor Pilaf Saga
Corresponding Anime episode(s): 2, 3
Previous: No Balls!
Next: They Call Him...the Turtle Hermit!

Sea Monkeys (悟空·海へ走る, Gokū · Umi e Hashiru; lit. "Goku Runs to the Sea") is the third chapter of the Dragon Ball manga. Its anime counterpart is the ending of the episode "The Emperor's Quest" and the beginning of "The Nimbus Cloud of Roshi".


The cover features Goku and Bulma riding a giant lizardlike creature. Goku is sitting in front while holding a guan do and Bulma is on the back scared while holding on to its tail.



Goku thinking Bulma turned into a turtle

Bulma is getting ready to continue her quest for the Dragon Balls. Goku is impatient with her, because she takes too long brushing her hair, stating, "if you were any slower, you'd turn into a turtle". Bored, Goku goes outside to train by breaking rocks with his bear hands. He then mistakes a sea turtle for a rock and picks it up. Goku believes that Bulma actually turned into a turtle and is confused when the real Bulma comes outside. After Bulma gives the turtle some sea water, he explains that he was out gathering mushrooms when he got lost and could not find his way back to the sea for a whole year.


Goku defeating the Bear Thief with Jan-Ken Fist

Bulma tells the Turtle that the ocean is 120 kilometers away which Goku offers to take him back to the ocean. Bulma rejects the idea but Goku sets out to do so anyway. Bulma, who originally did not want to help, found herself joining in anyway since he Goku still has his Dragon Ball and that she did not want to be left out alone with Dinosaurs wandering. On their journey to the sea, the group come across a giant Bear Thief, who planed on eating Turtle. Goku easily fights him off, showing his Jan-Ken Fist attack for the first time.


The Turtle bringing a mysterious old man

When the group finally arrives at the seaside, the Turtle is grateful for their help and says that he will bring them a gift. Goku and Bulma decide to enjoy the beach while they wait. After waiting, Goku and Bulma spot the turtle in the distance, with something on his back. Much to the pairs confusion, it is an old man wearing a turtle shell.



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The archaeopteryx on the right-hand panel

Differences from AnimeEdit

  • An archaeopteryx appears flying in background at the part where the Bear Thief sees Goku, Bulma and the Turtle coming toward him. In the anime, that animal is replaced by a pterodactyl who is seen not flying.
  • Goku defeats the Bear Thief using Jan-Ken Fist. In the anime its just a regular punch.
  • The Pilaf, Shu and Mai scenes are not in the manga.



Tori-Bot's brief cameo

  • This chapter takes place on September 2nd of Age 749.
  • Bulma mentions that she only has 30 days left to find the Dragon Balls meaning that her break from school is over on October 2nd.
  • Akira Toriyama's manga incarnation of himself, Tori-Bot makes it first Dragon Ball appearance in this chapter. He also mentions that hes looking for Penguin Village from his previous manga, Dr. Slump.
  • This is the first chapter to not feature any form of nudity.
Volume 1: The Monkey King
Bloomers and the Monkey King · No Balls! · Sea Monkeys · They Call Him...the Turtle Hermit! · Oo! Oo! Oolong! · So Long, Oolong! · Yamcha and Pu'ar · One, Two, Yamcha-Cha! · Dragon Balls in Danger!! · Onward to Fry-Pan... · ...And Into the Fire!