It goes without saying that a variety of species inhabit the Earth today. This diversity only makes the Earth a better and vibrant place to live in. But we are still unaware of the existence of several creatures in the world. Well, you don’t have to feel bad about it because there are about 1,367,555 identified non-insect animal species that live on Earth today. You obviously cannot expect to know them all! Besides, there are still several other creatures lying on the Earth waiting to be discovered. So, here is a list of weird creatures that will leave you amazed. Scroll down below to get acquainted with the strangest animals!
Doesn’t it look like a strange-looking fish has put on red lipstick? Fortunately no! This is actually a fish species found in the Galapagos Island at depths of 100 feet or more. Batfish are not good swimmers; they use their highly adapted pectoral fins to "walk" on the ocean floor. Adult batfishes develop their dorsal fins into a single spine-like structure. They have a structure on their head known as illicium that attracts their prey. It eats shrimps, small fish, crabs, etc.
Aye-ayes can be found only on the island of Madagascar. These rare animals may not look like primates at first glance, but they are related to chimpanzees, apes, and humans. The distinguishing features in aye-ayes are their big eyes, long and slender fingers, large and sensitive ears, and a bushy tail that is larger than its body. Apart from the way an aye-aye looks, the notable thing that it does is the way its hunts. While perched aloft, the aye-aye taps on trees with its long middle finger and listens for wood-boring insect larvae moving under the bark. It employs the same middle finger to fish them out. The digit is also useful for scooping the flesh out of coconuts and other fruits that supplement the animal's insect diet. Sadly, their population is at risk. Hence they are protected by law.
This cute looking and funny creature, also known as pichiciego, is the smallest species of armadillo. Armadillos are mammals of the family Dasypodidae, mostly known for having a bony armor shell. ‘Pink’ in its name suggests that this little creature has a pinkish color. Fairy? Well, it certainly doesn’t have any wings or halo. It is simply cute. Endemic to central Argentina, these armadillos primarily feed on ants and larvae.
Meet the cutest octopus in town- The Dumbo Octopus. The Grimpoteuthis, aka the dumbo octopus, has 13 identified species. Each species of dumbo octopus has the same feature that makes its adorable- their ear-like fins. Unlike most octopodes, the dumbo octopus doesn’t have an ink sac. They are found in the depths of 400-4,800 meters below the ocean surface. Although they are believed to be found worldwide, they have only been observed around New Zealand, Australia, California, the Philippines, and New Guinea.
The species is primarily found in Southeast Asian estuaries and mangrove areas, with freshwater populations occurring in river systems. The Irrawaddy dolphin is identified by a bulging forehead, a short beak, and 12-19 teeth on each side of each jaw. Although they are not directly exploited, they are vulnerable species. Habitat degradation due to the development of dams, deforestation, and mining also continues to undermine the species to a lesser extent.
The Sphynx Cat seems like a contradiction: a hairless cat? But people who come to know him soon fall under the spell of this bald but beautiful feline. This curious breed is known for its lack of hair and highly extroverted behavior. They cannot stay outdoors for too long because they are susceptible to both sunburn and hypothermia. Instead of fur, the Sphynx wears a suede-like coat that makes him warm and soft to the touch. It’s impossible not to want to cuddle up with him, especially in cold weather!
Inhabiting the deep waters off of Australia, these fish are adapted to living at extreme pressures. Although they lack a significant amount of muscle, it is not really necessary for them as they feed on anything edible that floats past. The flesh of the blobfish is a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water. This allows the fish to float above the seafloor without expending energy on swimming.
These enormous vegetarians can be found in warm coastal waters from East Africa to Australia, including the Red Sea, Indian Ocean, and Pacific. What differentiates it from other mammals in water is the fact that dugongs are strictly herbivorous. This large marine mammal is one of four living species of the order Sirenia. Dugongs graze on underwater grasses. These mammals can stay underwater for six minutes before surfacing. Female dugongs have one calf after a yearlong pregnancy. Sadly, due to extensive hunting for their meat and oils, the Dugong is close to extinction.
So, this was the list of some creatures that are really bizarre. Well, this list clearly shows that evolution can hit hard. It might turn a species into a cute looking creature. At the same time, some creatures turn so weird that mark their places in this sort of list when you Google them. But we can say for sure that every creature has some specialty in them. Now it is our duty to conserve and protect the vulnerable ones and enjoy the aesthetic values of the others. As we already know, the earth is home to a variety of species. So keep exploring it. Who knows you could find a new creature to add up to the list!