Check out these 25 animals species you won’t believe exist.
sospecies.orgThe saiga is a critically endangered antelope that inhabits the Eurasian steppe, including Dzungaria and Mongolia. Its strange nose is extremely flexible and helps to filter out dust kicked up by the migrating herd.wikipedia.org
Chinese Water Deer
Ernie JanesChinese Water Deer have earned the nickname “Vampire Deer” for their prominent tusks, which are used in territorial battles.
Pyura Chilensis (The Living Rock)
realmonstrosities.comIt can be difficult to believe, but these “rocks” are living, breathing organisms. Their appearance allows them to blend into Chilean beaches and avoid predators. Interestingly, these creatures have both male and female organs and can breed individually.
mostbeautifulpages.comCalled the “blue dragon”, this fantastical creature is actually a one inch long sea slug. Commonly found off the East and South Coast of South Africa and Australia, divers should beware the powerful sting of this beast.wikipedia.org
i.imgur.comThese beautiful birds inhabit Everest, the Himalayas and other mountainous regions in Europe and Asia. They were nearly eradicated because people used to fear that bearded vultures would attack lambs and children, and now, the WWF estimates only 10,000 are left.panda.org
Daniel HeuclinNative to South America, the leaf-like appearance of the surinam is a natural defense against predators. The toads have a unique breeding method, where the male plants fertilized eggs into the back of the female who carries them until they emerge from pockets in her skin.
Richard HerrmannWhile the name would have you think otherwise, these fish are far more vicious than they are sarcastic. Found in the waters off the West Coast of America, fringeheads can grow 12 inches long and have eerily large mouths, which they press up against each others, as if kissing, to assert authority.en.wikipedia.org
Chrysopelea (The Flying Snake)
Jake Socha / National GeographicIn what is many people’s worst nightmare, this serpent climbs trees and then jumps down. By flattening its body and flaring out its ribs, the snake can glide through the air.en.wikipedia.org
If you crossed an anteater and a squirrel, you’d get a numbat. In reality, these Australian marsupials are more closely related to the Tasmanian devil. They grow to around 14 inches long, with their massive tongue, adapted for eating termites and ants, adding another few inches.perthzoo.wa.gov.au
en.wikipedia.orgRing-tailed cats are a member of the raccoon family, native only to arid regions of North America. The ringtail is said to be so easy to domesticate that miners and settlers once kept them in their cabins as companions and vermin hunters, earning the name “miner’s cat.”en.wikipedia.org
Deep in the waters off the coast of Australia and Tasmania is the ‘unique’ blobfish. The flesh of a blobfish is a gelatinous mass that’s less dense than water, giving the fish its unique look, and allowing it to float above the seafloor without swimming.en.wikipedia.org
Lowland Streaked Tenrec
Arto HakolaFound only in the rainforests of Madagascar, this strange creature is somewhat similar to a porcupine. The barbs on the animal’s back act as both a defensive measure and a complex communication system. The quills produce a faint chattering sound when vibrated and families learn to talk through this sound.en.wikipedia.org
Japanese Spider Crab
dailyimage.netThis arthropod can reach heights of 12 feet tall and weigh up to 42 pounds, all while moving like a spider – yikes! The crabs are only found in the waters off the island of Honshū.en.wikipedia.org
Chris LukhaupThis fluffy creature with panda markings is actually a type of wingless wasp from South America. It has only been spotted a handful of times but it is known to have a potent sting.thefeaturedcreature.com
In the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans this prehistoric beast boasts 300 trident-shaped teeth, aligned in 25 rows to rip through any prey. Scientists also believe that the frilled shark breaks the record for gestation periods amongst sharks, taking three and a half years to give birth.discovery.com
en.wikipedia.orgThese 20 foot long lizards weigh in at 350 pounds and used to dominate all major river systems, where their long, thin jaws proved adept at hunting and eating fish. Overfishing by humans has seen these reptiles reduced to 2% of their former strength.nationalzoo.si.edu
John DeakinDik-diks are an adorably small breed of antelopes found in the bushlands of eastern and southern Africa. When ‘fully grown,’ dik-diks reach a grand height of 12 inches and a weight of 10 pounds.en.wikipedia.org
Snub Nosed Monkey
simbania.wordpress.comDavid Attenborough once remarked that these marvelous monkeys look like “elves” and others like “plastic surgery gone too far.” Found in Asia, at heights of up to 13,000 feet, these primates with a short stump of a nose are rarely spotted.en.wikipedia.org
The barreleye, found at depths of 2000 feet in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, is most notable for its transparent head and highly sensitive eyes. The green lenses above each eye allow the fish to filter out what little sunlight makes it down to these depths and focus on the lights of its prey.news.nationalgeographic.co.uk
wired.comThe terrifying goblin shark measures between 8 and 13 feet and was first discovered in 1898. Referred to as a ‘living fossil,’ these terrifying animals are the only surviving member of a 125 million year-old family.en.wikipedia.org
Known as the “zebra giraffe,” the Okapi has the legs of a zebra and the long neck of a giraffe. The animal came to fame during the 1800s, when they were found by British explorers. Today, they can only be found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and only 10,000 to 20,000 remain.
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