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The Strangest Looking Animals That Exist!

October 21, 2019

Here are a few of the strangest looking animals
around! 8 – Scotoplanes
When you first see Scotoplanes, or a sea pig as they’re commonly known, your first reaction
might be “whaaaaat thhhhhhheeeee…..” Because frankly, they don’t even look like
anything we can compare to. To make things even stranger, a Sea Pig is
actually part of the sea cucumber family. Found deep in the ocean, sometimes dwelling
at depths of up to 16,000 feet, sea pigs will often travel in huge groups, sometime consisting
of up to 600 individuals. And make no mistake, not only are these guys
weird looking, they’re truly bizarre creatures. Do you know how they get food? Check this out! What they do is extract organic particles
from deep sea mud, using a method known as olfaction, which is basically just a super
advanced sense of smell. So in a nutshell, they scour the muddy bottoms
of the ocean trying to sniff out freshly fallen sea particles. Despite how obscure they may seem, they actually
have an important role in underwater ecology. They’re a big part of the diet for underwater
predators, and their population is being threatened by deep sea trawling. Deep Sea Trawling is a fishing method that
involves pulling a net behind a boat. In many instances, hundreds upon hundreds
of sea pigs are accidentally caught during this process, in what’s known as bycatch. We definitely need these odd looking creatures
to help sustain life underwater. That’s the thing about nature. Everything is connected in one way or another! 7 – Blue Glaucus
While it may look like a creature from Avatar, the Blue Glaucus is actually a type of sea
slug from our world of Planet Earth. These tiny little things can grow up to only
about 3 centimeters or so. Yeah, they look pretty interesting, but their
behavior is even more amazing. If you were to see a Blue Glaucus, your instinct
might be to keep your distance, since they look alienlike. In this case, you should listen to your instincts. Despite their small size, they can actually
pack a pretty mean punch….well sting actually. At this point it’s worth noting, one of
their many nicknames is “The Blue Dragon.” And though they’re small, they live up to
the name. Believe it or not, they prey on much larger
creatures such as the Portuguese Man O War….ya know, the jellyfish with painfully fatal stings. By attaching themselves to the main disk of
the Man O War, the Blue Dragon is in prime position to lock their super strong jaws into
their flesh and chow down while avoiding being stung by one the thousands of venomous particles. In fact they just digest the venom and store
it in a special pouch and then uses that very venom as a weapon later on. How crazy is that?! 6 – Okapi
Let’s say you had never seen or heard of an Okapi before. Not a totally crazy scenario. And let’s say you happened to see one while
trekking through Central Africa, or while visiting a zoo. You might look at one of these things and
think something along the lines of, “well that’s an animal that’s thrown together
with other animal parts”! Standing only 4 to 5 feet, with a long neck,
it looks like a cross between a zebra and a giraffe. And to be fair, it’s actually part of the
giraffe family, so…yeah. Both the Giraffe and the Okapi evolved from
a common ancestor some 11 and a half million years ago. And while the giraffe is known for their long
neck, the Okapi more resembles their ancestors, leading some people to refer to them as living
fossils. Found mostly in the Tropical Forests of the
Democratic Republic of the Congo, The Okpapi feeds on plants while avoiding being eaten
by leopards. They also live a solitary lifestyle until
it comes time to mate, which sorta sounds kind of cool. Just give them a cell phone and Netflix account
and they’d fit in pretty well with millenials! 5 – Pacific Barreleye
Pacific Barreleye are also known as the Spookfish and for the sake of accuracy and dramatic
effect, I’ll just go ahead and refer to it as Spookfish rather than a Pacific Barreleye
from here on out. Found in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian
Oceans, these guys have some pretty odd characteristics, which is why we’re talking about them right
now! For starters, let’s start with their eyes. On one hand their eyes are just weird, but
it allows them to scout out potential predators and not get eaten. This sort of tubular, or tunnel vision has
always been of general interest to Marine Biologists. Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research
Institute recently learned that Spookfish actually have eyes that can rotate within
a transparent shield. Well. Their head is just transparent. This is a pretty amazing discovery, since
it now proves that these fish can fix their eye upward to avoid predators, but also allows
them to rotate their eyes forward to do everyday stuff such as look at what they themselves
are eating. Tubular vision in general is a nice little
feature marine life like Spook Fish have because it’s great at collecting sunlight. Since Spook Fish dwell in the depths of the
ocean where it’s pretty much all black, the narrow view of tubular vision helps them
focus on silhouettes. So if they see the shadows of a shark, they
know to get out of dodge! 4 – Venezuelan Poodle Moth
No, some breeder didn’t figure out a way to breed a poodle and a moth. That would be weird. The Venezuelan Poodle Moth is a real creation
of nature. I mean, first off it’s a insect with hair. With mammals that’s a pretty normal feature. But when insects do have hair, it’s more
for protection than anything else. These guys seem to have hair just for looks! As their name would suggest, they live in
Venezuela, where it’s pretty warm. Their hairs serve a lot of functions, such
as helping sense their environment, and fending off would be predators. However, there’s still a lot that scientists
need to learn about the species, as it’s still a relatively new discovery. It was first photographed in 2009 by Dr. Arthur
Anker in the Gran Sabana region of Venezuela. Scientists believe it’s an entirely new
species, although I guess the jury is still out on that one. One thing we do know is, these guys look pretty
wild. 3 – Sheepshead
The sheepshead’s name is already pretty weird, since who would think that something
called a Sheepshead would live underwater. But once you get over that mental hurdle,
these things actually look fairly normal at first glance.But what sets these fish apart
from their underwater peers is their teeth. Not only do they have several rows of stubby
teeth, but their front row of teeth look just like human teeth! You can find Sheepshead all over the oceans
of North America, where they’re known for yanking bait off of fishing hooks. Their strong teeth along with their powerful
jaws also help them crush shelled marine life. Writing for Scientific American, Becky Crew
points out that compared to other fish in the Sparidae Family, Sheepshead are actually
pretty normal. While other fish in the family are hermaphroditic,
Sheepshead aren’t. They also don’t contain natural hallucinogens
like many other Spiradae, which could be a plus or a minus depending on your viewpoint! 2 – Hogfish
You can find the Hogfish living in the reefs in the Western Atlantic, from Nova Scotia
all the way down to South America and The Gulf of Mexico. They have this really odd flat, elongated
appearance. It’s so ridiculous, they almost appear cartoonish! They also allegedly taste very good, which
is why they’re a highly prized catch by spearfishers. Yes, we live in the 21st century and people
still hunt with spears, although it’s more for sport than survival. Anyway, given that they grow up to 36 inches
and can weigh up to 24 pounds, you can see that they can for sure make for good eating. Their bright colors only serve to make them
look more interesting. Plus, like their land dwelling namesake, the
hogfish have this distinctive looking long snout that they use to root around the ocean
floor for food. Generally speaking, they tend to eat smaller
marine life, such as crab, worms, and shrimp. 1 – The Oarfish
Simply put, the oarfish has to be seen to be believed. Though rarely ever encountered by humans,
the Oarfish lives in all tropical parts of the oceans. With four species among their ranks, the Giant
Oarfish is the longest bony fish alive, reaching an impressive 36 feet long. I mean, that’s seriously long. Given how crazy they look, and how rare humans
actually see them, Oarfish have been a source of fascination for years and years. In 1860, a Giant 16 foot long Oarfish washed
ashore a beach in Bermuda. People were amazed, though they originally
thought it was a sea serpent. Historically, that seems to be a really common
misconception. Since they also have this crazy looking red
dorsal fin, there’s plenty of speculation that many of the mythical sightings of sea
serpents were real events….they were just seeing Giant Oarfish. But this is pretty much the trend. Oarfish are mainly seen near the surface or
when they wash ashore, and in most cases they’re either red or mostly red. Such as back in 1996 when a 23 foot long giant
oarfish washed ashore in San Diego near the Naval base. Given that not everyone knows what an Oarfish
is, can you imagine seeing something like this for the first time? We actually really don’t know a whole lot
about these fish, given that we don’t get to interact with them very often. They’re known to prefer very deep parts
of the ocean; we’re talking depths of at least 3,000 feet deep. They have virtually no muscle mass and can’t
survive the currents of more shallow waters. Which is why they’re almost always red when
they get to that point. However, in more recent years, marine biologists
have utilized technology to glean some information about these odd fish. For example, they’ve been filmed feeding
on jellyfish. They’re also known to have an appetite for
zooplankton, squid and small fish. Oh yeah, and by the way, if you’re wondering
how they got their name, check this out. Their name was inspired by their long, slender
bodies and how they were once believed to use their pelvic fins to row themselves through
the water. They actually don’t do that, but scientists
decided to keep the name anyways. Here’s what’s next!

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  1. Cool! Thank you P. W. Number 7 is my hero because it sicks Portuguese Man 'o' War! No. 4 = awww! ☺️☺️☺️👍👍👍❤️❤️❤️

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