She is a sperm whale, which means her mother was most likely a whale as well. She is revealed to be sixteen years old in the episode "Whale of a Birthday." Pearl loves her father but can get annoyed by his cheapness. She is almost the complete opposite of her father when concerning money; she tends to spend great amounts of his money on superfluous things, and has admitted to maxing out his credit cards trying to buy shoes.
Despite having a relentlessly cheap father, Pearl acts somewhat spoiled and cries whenever something goes wrong, her tears usually flood everything. The irony is that children normally act like this when their parents spoil them, which Mr. Krabs does the exact opposite of.
In "Selling Out," Pearl can be seen as a baby in a scrapbook. Mr. Krabs was holding her in the picture, so it is possible that he could have taken her. In another photo, Pearl can be seen riding a bike as a toddler with the guidance of Mr. Krabs.
Pearl is seen wearing a short pink cheerleader dress, with a P stitched into it which stands for Pearl. She also sports short, white, heeled boots. She has smooth gray skin and is huge. When she cries everyone covers themselves. She has a red heart lipstick on her nose that turns into lips when she kisses, and she has blonde hair pulled into a ponytail with a pink clip. She has blue eyes and six eyelashes on each eye.
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In the past, Pearl has been shown to like SpongeBob. In "The Chaperone," she takes him to the prom and ends up enjoying her time, despite the trouble SpongeBob causes. In "The Slumber Party," Pearl acts annoyed towards SpongeBob, possibly because she thinks that he is helping Mr. Krabs. In "Barnacle Face," she thanks SpongeBob for allowing her to go to the school dance when he puts diamonds on her face. In some episodes, they display a like/hate relationship.
In "Bubble Troubles," Pearl helps Sandy by giving her air. They seem to share a mutual friendship, as Pearl believes that mammals need to stick together. At the beginning of the episode "Mr. Krabs Takes a Vacation," Sandy was seen sitting directly in front of Pearl while Mr. Krabs was getting everyone (except Squidward) excited about the story of the vacation trip. In "Texas," Pearl was one of the townspeople who wanted Sandy to stay in Bikini Bottom. She and the rest cheered for Sandy that she decides to stay in Bikini Bottom.
Mr. Krabs is Pearl's father, and as such, Mr. Krabs is in nearly every episode that features her. Pearl shares a close bond with Mr. Krabs but gets angry when he is cheap. Mr. Krabs loves Pearl very much as well and while he doesn't like her bratty attitude, he is somewhat proud of her demanding money for a favor from him.
It is possible that she is adopted or that Mr. Krabs' wife was a whale. This theory could be disputed, since it is shown in "Dunces and Dragons" that whales have existed in the Krabs family for centuries.
Squidward and Pearl have an awkward relationship. In "The Chaperone," Pearl refuses to go out with him to her prom. In "Welcome to the Bikini Bottom Triangle," Squidward calls her a "drama queen." Pearl thinks that Squidward is such a "barnacle." She likes teasing him (as seen in "Drive Thru").
Friends in Bikini Bottom High
Pearl and her friends were best friends, in "The Chaperone," they didn't laugh at Pearl that SpongeBob is her prom date, then in Tunnel of Glove, they teased and humiliated Pearl that SpongeBob is her boyfriend, then they told the whole TV broadcast that Pearl and SpongeBob are dating. Then in "Drive Thru," Pearl had new friends. It is possible she got new friends because her old friends made fun of her.
Although Pearl has been seen with her father many times throughout the series, Pearl has never been seen onscreen with her grandmother, Betsy Krabs, unless you count Mr. Krabs' thought of his funeral in "Lame and Fortune."
"Oh, actually it was really funny when that hot dog landed in Judy's hair!" —"The Chaperone"
"Daddy! I'm borrowing your wallet! Line dancing? Ewww, that is so lame. What they need is my way cool cheer routine." ("Tentacle-Vision")
"Dad, you've ruined me!" ("Squeaky Boots")
Pearl and Sandy are the only major characters who are mammals.
Currently, she has only appeared in one episode ("Tunnel of Glove") without Mr. Krabs.
She becomes more spoiled and rude in later episodes, possibly due to the cheapness of her father. In the episode "Selling Out," she was extremely rude to Mr. Krabs for wanting to spend time with her even though he did nothing wrong. In "Welcome to the Bikini Bottom Triangle," she demands to go to the mall, even though she should be concerned that she is trapped on a deserted island.
Since Pearl is a whale, and mammals have lungs, she needs air to breathe. It is revealed in "Bubble Troubles" that she holds air in her nose in order to breathe when underwater.