On Earth, there are 8.7 million organisms that have been identified, but scientists believe that over 80% of life is still unknown. With all of these animals sharing our yard, we could only see a dog and a couple of pigeons on any given day. We're unlikely to see all 8.7 million, but I have collected some of the strangest species to give you a view of what's out there. With the rarest animals on the endangered species list, you will see far more fascinating wildlife.
1. Goblin Shark:
This rare shark, dubbed a "living fossil" by some people, is "the only survivor of the Mitsukurinidae family, a lineage that dates back 125 million years." Goblin sharks can be found at depths of more than 100 meters (330 feet) all over the world, with adults being found farther down than juveniles. The goblin shark is harmless to humans because of the depths at which it resides.
2. The panda ant:
Despite their names, the Mutillidae family of wasps includes over 3,000 species with wingless females that resemble huge, hairy ants. They are native to Chile and are popular for their excruciatingly painful stings, earning them the nickname "cow killer" or "cow ant." Since their hair coloration resembles the Chinese giant panda, black and white specimens are often referred to as panda ants.
3. Stovepipe sponge:
These sponge tub shapes, when viewed from a certain angle, can be very impressive. A single tube will grow to be 5 feet tall and 3 inches wide, and it will continue to grow for hundreds of years before it dies.
4. Lowland streaked tenrec:
This tiny tenrec, which can be found in Africa, precisely in Madagascar, and is the only mammal known to produce sound by stridulation, which is normally associated with snakes and insects.
5. The saiga antelope:
The proboscis, an exceedingly rare, oversized, flexible nose structure found in the Eurasian steppe, is named for this saiga.
6. The blue parrotfish:
This beautiful, and bluefish lives in the Atlantic Ocean's waters and spends most of its time looking for food.
7. Indian purple frog:
This frog species, native to India, has a bloated body and an oddly pointy snout; it only spends two weeks per year on the surface of the earth, returning to the underground for reproduction.
Because of the shape of its beak, this large stork-like bird is given the name. The bird was only classified in the nineteenth century, despite being known to ancient Egyptians and Arabs. They can be scary when been sighted.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Central Africa, is home to this mammal. It is more closely related to giraffes than zebras, despite the zebra-like markings.
10. Thorny dragon:
This lizard has a “false” head that he exposes to his predators by dipping the actual one in camouflaging shades of desert browns. And it has thorny skin, which enables it to survive without water for long.
11. Blop fish:
This is possibly the strangest deep-sea fish on the planet, and it became an Internet joke thanks to its friendliness. It can swim without effort at depths of 2,400 feet because its density is much lower than that of water. It's widely eaten in Asia and its meat is considered to be delicious.
12. Frill-necked lizard:
If dragons existed, they'd most likely resemble these lizards – just look at the huge fold on their tails. Frill-necked lizards, despite their small size, are skilled hunters who stand upright on their back claws and hiss with their frills open. What a scene to behold!
13. The pacu fish:
Why the people of Papua New Guinea call this fish a "ball cutter" probably doesn't need much clarification, very funny though, as you can see it has a set of teeth like that of mammals. The local fishermen were concerned about their testicles' safety when it's time to get in the water.
14. Hummingbird hawk-moth:
It looks a lot like a hummingbird because it feeds on flowers and makes a similar humming sound. Scientists find this creature surprising because of how well it learns colors.
15. Glaucus atlanticus:
This creature is a form of blue sea slug also known as the blue dragon. It can be found in warm ocean waters because of a gas-filled sac in its stomach, which allows it to float on the surface.
16. Giant isopod:
This is the biggest of the isopods that have been discovered so far. This giant isopod can be found in shallow waters.
Which of these creatures do you find fascinating? Kindly share your thoughts in the comment section below!
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