Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of mother nature. With so many freaks of nature to choose from it’s hard to compile a short list of the strangest, but we’re always up for a challenge. Many of us probably haven’t had the pleasure of seeing these oddities up close and personal, so here are ten fine examples of some of the world’s, sometimes cute, sometimes terrifying, but most definitely, amazingly weird animals.
We all know that chameleons can change colour. And while this is pretty amazing, it’s not new information for most of us over the age of three. But there are other shape-shifters out there that you may not be so familiar with:
The Mutable Rain Frog
This freaky little amphibian can visibly change its skin within a matter of seconds, and completely change its skin’s appearance and texture in a few minutes; going from spiny to smooth and back again. It’s the first known vertebrate to be able to do such a dramatic shape-shift in such a short space of time. Apart from werewolves, of course.
The Albino Dolphin
If amphibians aren’t really your thing, then how about this rare and very cute albino dolphin who changes its colour from white to pink when it gets emotional. Dolphins are normally grey, but this little fella starts off white, and If it gets sad, angry or embarrassed it turns a blushing shade of pink.
Undoubtedly we have all known frequent overeaters, both in the human and animal kingdom, but probably nothing compared to this little guy.
It lives thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface, so it’s highly unlikely we’ll get to see many hanging out all the way up here, and that’s probably a good thing as it might just be creepy enough to give you nightmares. Known as the black swallower, this fish has an insanely expandable stomach which, when full, looks like a alien growth protruding from its body. It can eat ten times its own bodyweight in prey and doesn’t need to worry about getting indigestion!
The animal kingdom is full of hairy beasts, however, these next two are from species you’d never expect to be covered in the fluffy stuff.
First discovered living at depths of 2,300, these curious crustaceans have blonde, hairy pincers and look quite a lot like giant blood sucking ticks. If that wasn’t bad enough, those pincers are riddled in bacteria, with some scientist believing this may harvest a food source for them.
Pink Fairy Armadillo
This insanely cute little weirdo is only an average of 10 cm long. It mildly resembles a normal armadillo, but it’s closer to a rabbit wearing a pink shield, with giant alien claws!
They are native to Argentina and live mainly underground, but come out at night to find food.
Hybrid creatures aren’t only the stuff of superhero, horror or sci-fi movies. They’re real and lurking closer than you think!
Another cutie pie, this piglet squid is usually found living near the surface. With big eyes, tentacles on their heads, and pig like features, this is probably the cutest squid out there.
The water bear is actually a micro animal. It’s well-known for surviving extreme conditions, including living in the vacuum of space for over a week. So maybe this really is an alien living on earth. Prepare for the impending invasion, everyone!
Red Lipped Bat Fish
This freaky being is not only a batty looking fish, but also sports creepy protruding eyes and some fabulous red, trout-pout lips which are accompanied by an unsightly moustache/goatee. Just all kinds of weird.
Somethings were born purely to ignite the fear of God into you, and this is certainly one of them.
It needs no words, really. But let’s just say you never, ever, ever want to come face to face with this beast one on one. The goblin shark is rare and usually found in the deep ocean areas of major seas, but still, it’s not something you’d want to cosy up with.
Real or no real
Some animals actually resemble comical cartoon caricatures. Here’s a fine example.
This cute little freak looks like a stuffed cross between grumpy cat and a muppet baby, only in bird form. It is real and it’s called the potoo bird. It can be found in tropical forests of South and Central America.
OK, it was really hard to pick just ten, so here is a bonus weirdo for your reading/listening pleasure.
Bonus Fishy Friend
They say mammals originally evolved from fish. But, if you need more convincing, here’s an example of how one may have gotten stuck in the middle of that whole evolution process.
Half fish, half human, the mudskipper does a surprisingly good impression of imitating our most blood curdling screams whilst simultaneously walking on dry land!