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21 More Weird Animals You Didn’t Know Exist

Even if you believe you’ve traveled the world top to bottom, inside and out, and all the way around, there are bound to be a few surprises that take your breath away

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We are not exaggerating when we say that our list includes some of the most unusual and hard-to-find animals that are out there. Take, for example, the Glaucus Atlanticus, an aquatic animal that has a name that is just as anime as it looks, which is to say that it looks like a Pokemon monster. Or the absolutely stunning, yet very unusual animal called Okapi, that looks something like a cross between a moose and a zebra but is actually related to a giraffe. Or even the rare animal known as the goblin shark, which has the appearance of having spent too much time in the bathtub and is considered to be one of the most terrifying creatures that live in the ocean.

We have already educated you about 22 strange animals that you were unaware even existed, and as we’ve already stated, the count will never stop! Here’s a new list of 21 more strange animals you’ve most likely never heard of, and probably won’t see prancing around your backyard anytime soon.

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Red-lipped Batfish

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Found on the Galapagos Islands, this fish is actually a pretty bad swimmer, and uses its pectoral fins to walk on the bottom of the ocean. (Image courtesy of imgur.com)

Goblin Shark

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This rare shark is sometimes even called a “living fossil”, “is the only extant representative of the family Mitsukurinidae, a lineage some 125 million years old.” Adult goblin sharks are found at depths that are greater than 100 meters (330 feet), while juvenile goblin sharks are found at shallower depths. Goblin sharks are found all over the world. Because it lives so far below the surface, the goblin shark does not present a threat to human beings. (Image courtesy of imgur.com)

The Panda Ant

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The Mutillidae are a family of more than 3,000 species of wasps (despite the names) whose wingless females resemble large, hairy ants. Found in Chile, they are known for their extremely painful stings, hence the common name cow killer or cow ant. Black and white specimens are sometimes known as panda ants due to their hair coloration resembling that of the Chinese giant panda. (Credit for the image goes to Chris Lukhaup)

Penis Snake

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This, uh, peculiar animal without eyes is actually known by its scientific name, Atretochoana eiselti. It is a large caecilian amphibian with a broad, flat head and a fleshy dorsal fin on the body, and it is presumed to live in aquatic environments. (Image credits: fotos.noticias.bol.uol.com.br)

Umbonia Spinosa

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These thorn bugs, which are related to cicadas, use their beaks to pierce the stems of plants in order to access the sap inside of them. The peculiar nature of their appearance has left scientists with many unanswered questions. (Colin Hutton is responsible for the image.)

Lowland Streaked Tenrec

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Found in Madagascar, Africa, this small tenrec is the only mammal known to use stridulation for generating sound – something that’s usually associated with snakes and insects. (Photo by Hakoar and can be found on Telegraph.co.uk)

Hummingbird Hawk-Moth

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Because it consumes flowers and makes a sound very similar to that of a hummingbird, this hawk-moth is often mistaken for a hummingbird. The fact that it can pick up colors so quickly is another intriguing aspect of this animal. (Image credits: Jerzy Strzelecki | unknown)

Glaucus Atlanticus

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This particular species of blue sea slug is also referred to by its alternative name, the blue dragon. It is possible to find it in the warm waters of the oceans because it has a gas-filled sac in its stomach, which allows it to float on the surface of the water. (Credits for the image go to unknown, unknown, and paulhypnos)

Mantis Shrimp

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Also called the “sea locusts“, “prawn killers” and even “thumb splitters”, this is one of the most common predators in tropical and sub-tropical waters; little is known about them, however, because of how much time they spend hiding in their burrows. (Credit for the image goes to Alexander Safonov)

Venezuelan Poodle Moth

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The Pacu Fish

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Giant Isopod

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The other isopods are smaller than this one, making it the largest of its kind. “The enormous size of the giant isopod is a result of a phenomenon known as deep sea gigantism. The tendency of crustaceans and other animals that live in the deep sea to grow to a much larger size than similar species that live in shallower waters is known as the “deep sea giant effect.” (Image credits: Littoraria)

The Saiga Antelope

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This saiga, spread around the Eurasian steppe, is known for its an extremely unusual, over-sized, flexible nose structure, the proboscis. (Credit for the image goes to enews.fergananews.com)

The Bush Viper

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Being a carnivore predator, the Bush Viper lives up in the trees of the tropical forests of Africa, and does most of its hunting at night. (Credit for the image goes to thegeneralmonk)

The Blue Parrotfish

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This bright blue fish can be found in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and spends 80% of its time searching for food. (Image credits: imgur | depalmadise)

Indian Purple Frog

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Found in India, this species of frog have bloated body and an unusually pointy snout; it only spends two weeks a year on the surface of earth, leaving the underground for mating. (Credit for the image goes to Wikipedia.org)

Shoebill

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The name of this large bird, which is somewhat similar to a stork, comes from the shape of its beak. The bird wasn’t properly classified until the 19th century, despite the fact that ancient Egyptians and Arabs had already been familiar with it. (Credit for the image goes to David Li and shoebill.info)

Okapi

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is located in Central Africa, is the natural habitat of this mammal. Despite the fact that it has stripes like zebras, it is more closely related to giraffes than zebras. (Photographs courtesy of: marylandzoo.org and baynews9.com)

Narwhal

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The Inuit people have placed a high value on the meat and ivory of this toothed whale that is native to the Arctic region for more than a thousand years. The narwhal, on the other hand, is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. (Photograph by Richard Thomas; image courtesy of gowild.wwf.org.uk)

Thorny Dragon

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Coloured in camouflaging shades of desert browns, this lizard has a “false” head, which he presents to his predators by dipping the real one. Credit for the image goes to imgur and Christopher Watson.

Sea Pig

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Scotoplanes are found on the ocean floor at great depths, particularly on the abyssal plains of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. These plains can be found at depths of over a thousand meters. They are deposit feeders, which means that they obtain their food by removing organic particles from the mud found in the deep sea. (Photographs courtesy of imgur, thedailygreen.com, and realcoldfish.com)

 

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