Weirdest animals in the world
15. The blanket octopus is not your ordinary octopus, they contain long webs connecting to their body. The females can grow as large as six feet while the males are only 5 centimeters in length. With the weight ratio to at least 10,000 to one, it sounds like mating should be fun. When the male finds a female octopus, he breaks off one of his arms and crawls inside her to store sperm, then swims off to die. Actually, that doesn’t sound very fun at all, but at least he got a happy ending, right?
14. This cracked out looking bat is not a bat at all but a lemur. The aye-aye lemurs are only native to Madagascar. Resembling a rodent like appearance, they have big eyes for adjusting in the dark and long thin fingers to scrape grubs out of trees and sharp teeth to grind out wood. They are small in size and have a silver stripe down their back. Newborns typically exhibit no fur for the first few months but as they mature, they are yellow or brown in color. If they’re starting to sound familiar, you might have spotted them on Dreamworks Motion picture Madagascar.
13. This species of monkey is easily identifiable because of its elongated nose. Although the female proboscis monkeys aren’t as largely prominent but still roughly big for a female, the male proboscis noses can exceed four inches in length, hanging lower than its mouth. Proboscis monkeys are native to southeast Asia and are currently endangered.
12. This animal may look like it’s missing its head, but this unique animal is the star-nosed mole. This species of mole uses snout with over twenty thousand sensory receptors for tracking out food. Its snout and long claws allows it to easily burrow through dirt and rip apart worms, small frogs and fish. They have an incredible sense of smell underwater, exhaling bubbles through snout and carrying differents scents back to their noses. Unlike other moles, they don’t hibernate and are active all through the seasons. Not much is known about their social behavior, maybe because they might be shy?
11. The naked mole rat may not look like the best animal to cuddle with but this species has very distinctive physical aspects, it’s the only mammal to maintain its body temperature in any environment. Naked mole rats also feel no pain. They have high respiratory rate and a low metabolic rate and are resistant to cancer since they lack the p16 gene, and can live up to thirty years, which is the longest life span for any living rodent! And not to mention that it’s naked!
10. No, it’s not lopsided, but the celestial eye fish species are a direct mutation of the telescope fish. They were first bred in Asia, with claims originating in either Korea or China. When they’re first born, the eyes appear to be normal but gradually protrude outward, and then turn upwards within the first six months. When purchasing celestial goldfish as pets, you must be careful when handling them and you must not have any sharp tank decor, as it could rupture the eye sacs. If the eye sacs are punctured, there could a slight risk of infection but the sacs eventually grow back.
9. If the Japanese spider crab looks scary, then its done its job. This species of crabs has the longest legs of any other arthropod and its twisted legs gives them extra protection from other crabs and other animals such as squid and octopi. They can grow up to forty pounds and live in the deeper parts of the ocean, so they’re tricky to catch! I’m sure these crab legs would go great with butter!
8. This big fluffy cloud is the Angora rabbit. This species is mainly bred for their soft and silky fur, which can be plucked, sheared or combed out. They must be handled carefully. They shed at least every three months to five months throughout the year, so grooming is really important to prevent the fur from matting. Their fur is described as being softer than cashmere; someone should make a pillow of all their fur.
7. Here is evolution at its finest. This endangered and rare species is found in the canopy forests in the Republic of Congo, Africa. Due to habitat loss and logging, they are currently endangered and are living in protected conservations. The okapi has the stripes of a zebra, the body of a donkey and a head of a giraffe. Their stripes cover the hinds of its legs, and has a reddish brown coat although its face and legs are white. Basically a mix of any other animal you can find!
6. The Indian Purple Frog doesn’t even look like a frog at all. First found in 1918 in India, it was formally given the species name of frog in 2003. See, experts didn’t even know what to call it! It’s flatter than most species of frogs and is dark purple or gray in color. It mostly spends life underground and only comes out to mate during the high tide monsoon season. Local tribes are known to consume its tadpoles and is considered a rare delicacy for medicinal purposes! Ewww!
5. If you cross a unicorn and a whale, your end result would be a narwhal! Mostly known for the large tusk that sticks out of their dome, this species of whale can be found in the Arctic waters. They can live up to fifty years, but are aggressively hunted for their meat and ivory. There is currently a European union ban on their tusks in effort to prevent poaching, as Narwhals are difficult to keep in captivity. They are also prone to starvation, since there has been a dramatic decrease of fish in the Arctic. It is estimated that there are 75,000 Narwhals left, save the unicorn whales!
4. The shoebill stork gets it name from its huge shoe bill, this species of birds is very slow in movement, standing or sitting still for long periods at a time, mimicking a statue-like look. They are terrified by human contact and will even flee their nests if they’re flustered by a human. They are the slowest birds, flying no more than 100 to 500 ft from their previous location and long flights are rare. Shoebills have an incredible voice and their calls have been said to sound like a cow mooing in high pitches, mimicking human hiccups when hungry and in one case a shoe bill was heard murmuring hoarse croaks!
3. Scotoplanes or sea pigs looks like a mix between a slug and a pig? It has no visible features other than its creepy legs and antennae sprouting out of its back. You won’t find these on shore because they’re bottom dwellers, feeding on whale carcasses, although I think it looks kinda cute
2. This species of fish inhabits the deep waters of Australia and New Zealand. The blobfish floats above the sea floor eating plankton and whatever it can find. It’s literally a floating gelatinous mass, made up of little matter. In September 2013, the blobfish was voted “world’s ugliest animal” due to its shape and appearance. It’s no wonder why it always looks sad!
I’m sure it’s no surprise that the candiru or penis fish is number one on this countdown. The species is a small fish, with a transparent body, making its home in the Amazon. There have been myths of alleged attacks on humans, it’s said that candiru are attracted to the smell of urine. One man claimed that the candiru leaped out of the water, swam up the urine stream and into his urethra, so don’t mess with the penis fish and don’t pee in the water!