Freaks Of Nature!

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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.

 

Shape-shifters

 

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.

 Mutable rain frog

 

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.

 

Pic shows: The rare albino dolphin that has no colouration apart from a tendency to turn pink when feeling flushed. A rare albino dolphin which can go from white to pink when it's feeling flushed is pulling in the crowds at a water park in Japan. Although bottlenose dolphins are usually grey, this extremely rare albino dolphin that was captured in January last year is an albino and has no colouration – apart from a tendency to turn pink when feeling flushed. It means education pictures show the animal white, and occasionally pink when swimming along regular coloured grey dolphins. Albino mammals are born without melanin, which gives the colour to both eyes and skin, and albino dolphins are extremely rare. In fact this specimen is believed to be only the second one ever put on display in an aquarium after it was purchased from fishermen. And they may well have been doing the animal a favour, as albinos are easy prey out at sea as they lack the colouration to blend in like their grey coloured relatives. Experts said that it was remarkable that the animal had actually lived so long before ending up at the Taiji Whale Museum. In addition, the colouration guaranteed it was worth far more to sell to an aquarium than to eat after it was caught off the coast of Japan during a controversial annual dolphin hunt in Taiji made notorious by the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove," which shows fishermen herding dolphins into a cove either to be captured for aquarium display or killed for meat. Japan's Wakayama Prefecture, which includes Taiji, reported that 1,218 dolphins and small whales were captured there in 2011, though it didn't specify how many of those captured were killed. But the rare albino was one that did survive and indeed has become the subject of a detailed study by the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology and the Institute of Cetacean Research that published a paper about the albino dolphin in Mammal Study in March 2015. (ends)  

Pic shows: The rare albino dolphin that has no colouration apart from a tendency to turn pink when feeling flushed.
A rare albino dolphin which can go from white to pink when it’s feeling flushed is pulling in the crowds at a water park in Japan.
Although bottlenose dolphins are usually grey, this extremely rare albino dolphin that was captured in January last year is an albino and has no colouration – apart from a tendency to turn pink when feeling flushed.
It means education pictures show the animal white, and occasionally pink when swimming along regular coloured grey dolphins.
Albino mammals are born without melanin, which gives the colour to both eyes and skin, and albino dolphins are extremely rare. In fact this specimen is believed to be only the second one ever put on display in an aquarium after it was purchased from fishermen.   


Big Eater

Undoubtedly we have all known frequent overeaters, both in the human and animal kingdom, but probably nothing compared to this little guy.

 

Black Swallower

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!

 black-swallower

 

Hairy Marys

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.

 

Yeti Crab

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.

 yeti-crab

 

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.

 Pink fairy armadillo

 

Hybrid Freaks

Hybrid creatures aren’t only the stuff of superhero, horror or sci-fi movies. They’re real and lurking closer than you think!

 

Piglet Squid

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.

 

 Piglet squid

Water Bear

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!

 

 water bear

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.  

 batfish

 

Arrrrggghhh!

Somethings were born purely to ignite the fear of God into you, and this is certainly one of them.

Goblin Shark

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.

 

goblin shark

Real or no real

Some animals actually resemble comical cartoon caricatures. Here’s a fine example.

 

Potoo bird

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.

 potoo bird

 

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.

 

Mudskipper

Half fish, half human, the mudskipper does a surprisingly good impression of imitating our most blood curdling screams whilst simultaneously walking on dry land!  

 

 

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