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13 Strange Animals In The World No One Has Heard of (& Where To Spot Them)

Today, you are going to look at some real strange animals which you might think I am making them up but no, they exist. Everyday I think nature is surprising and it continues to surprise and fascinate me even more.

Thanks to those scientists who keep looking for such strange animals and admit that there must be millions of other species that are yet to be found.

These are some of the strangest animals, even stranger than the bald eagle. Let’s look at the beauty of the universe.

Most strange animals ever seen on the planet

1. Pink Fairy Armadillo

These beautiful bizarre creatures are the smallest species of armadillos with a length of mere 13cm.

Their unique pink colour comes from blood being pumped into their shell for thermoregulation, which helps them maintain a steady core temperature in the extremely hot climate.

Where to find them: Sandy plains and dry scrublands of South America

2. Star-nosed mole

The star-nosed mole has 25,000 sensory receptors on the fleshy tentacles around its nose.

It is also one of the fastest eaters in the world, taking less than a quarter of a second to gulp down a meal. And here I thought I need to eat slow!

Where to find them: Native to eastern parts of North America and Canada

3. Thistledown velvet ant

This fuzzy creature is a type of wasp and it’s exterior helps disguise these creatures as fallen creosote fruits, fooling to be predators.

Where to find them: Desert regions of the American Southwest

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4. Pacific Barreleye fish

Aka the spook fish has ultra-sensitive eyes that are shaped like a barrel and generally directed upwards.

Where to find them: Discovered at 600m off the coast of California

5. Sarcastic Fringehead

With a purple tongue, a double row of teeth, and a fluorescent yellow mouth rim, they face off by slamming their huge mouths together.

The name ‘fringehead’ comes from the floppy tentacles like tissue that fall over the fish’s eyes and ‘sarcastic’ comes from the Greek word sarkázein, which means ‘to tear flesh’.

6. Lamprey

Lampreys are an ancient lineage of jawless fish. The adult lamprey may be characterized by a toothed, funnel-like sucking mouth. 

Where to find them: They live in open ocean.

7. Pacu

This one might make you a little uncomfortable. It’s a fish just like human teeth and feeds on both plant and meat just like humans.

Their square, straight teeth are used mainly to crush nuts and fruits.

Where to find them: Deep down the Amazonian river

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8. Sunda Colugo

This strange animal glides as it leaps among trees. It is strictly arboreal (is active at night) and feeds on soft plant parts such as young leaves, shoots, flowers, and fruits.

It is sadly an endangered species and protected by national legislation.

Where to find them:  Native throughout Southeast Asia ranging from southern Myanmar, Thailand, southern Vietnam, Malaysia to Singapore and Indonesia. 

9. Red-lipped batfish

The red-lipped batfish waddles along the seafloor using modified fins as legs. As the name suggests, the fish is known for it’s pout. It is not clear why batfish has this particular look but it’s thought it might be to attract it’s male counterparts.

Where to find them: Endemic to Galapagos islands

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10. Yeti Crab

Also known as Kiwa hirsuta,this decapod, which is approximately 15 cm long, is notable for the quantity of silky blond setae covering its pereiopods.

Where to find them: Cold habitats of the southern Pacific Ocean region, adjoining the waters of the Antarctic. 

11. Sea pig

The sea pig is a species of sea cucumber named after its round body and pink colouring. Sea pigs pump water around their bodies to keep themselves inflated and bringing them too close to the surface causes them to shrivel up and die.

Where to find them: Abyssal plain in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. 

12. Great Potoo

Great potoo, the king/queen of camouflage, blends with it’s surroundings so perfectly that any creature would fall prey to it.

The tiny openings below their eyelids helps this nocturnal bird to see even when its eyes are closed, helping them spot even the littlest of movement.

Where to find them: Tropical America

13. Japanese Spider Crab

The Japanese spider crab is a species of marine crab that has the largest leg-span of any arthropod. It goes through three main larval stages along with a prezoeal stage to grow to its great size.

Where to find them: Waters around the Japan.