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She is confirmed to be a whale like her daughter, as revealed in the official trivia book, written by former episode writer David Fain in 2000. In the book, Mr. Krabs says that Pearl is a whale because she "takes after her mother that way."
Pearl's lack of a mother is a reference to the phrase "mother of Pearl," which Mr. Krabs often says when something surprises him. Stephen Hillenburg (who had passed away in 2018) was against revealing the identity of Mrs. Krabs and had kept it a secret throughout the series. For this reason, Mrs. Krabs has never made a physical appearance.
Briny Buddies, a section featured in various British Nickelodeon magazines, asked readers to come up with a possible design for Mrs. Krabs in 2008. The winning designs were featured in later installments. Additionally, Pearl's fact sheet from Briny Buddies lists Mrs. Krabs as a member of her family.
The exclamation "mother of Pearl!" is used in the following episodes, usually by Mr. Krabs:
- "MuscleBob BuffPants"
- "The Smoking Peanut"
- Zoo Day Disaster
- "Selling Out"
- "The Main Drain"
- "Squirrel Record"
- "Eek, an Urchin!"
"Married to Money" is the first time that Mrs. Krabs is directly referenced. In the episode, Mr. Krabs tells Pearl that he may have found her "a new mom." This greatly upsets Pearl, who responds "No way!" and begins to describe how terrible a stepmother would be. It‘s unknown if Pearl ever knew her mother, but her immediate objection to the idea of a stepmom implies she doesn’t want a replacement.
Scrapped origin story
According to the current showrunner Vincent Waller, Stephen Hillenburg received many letters requesting an origin story for Pearl. A plot outline for a special episode revealing Pearl's origin, as well as the identity of her mother, was once written and started early development stages. However, the episode has been shelved for an unknown period of time due to Hillenburg's disapproval of the concept.