Strangest animals ever found on the planet and under the sea
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. George Orwell
Welcome to Animal Facts, the channel with a strangely, synoptic name. I’m Leroy and today we’ll be discussing 10 of the strangest animals ever found on planet Earth and under its seas. Let’s get started.
10. Starting our list is The Goblin Shark. This rare shark is sometimes even called a “living fossil”. It is the only living representative of a lineage some 125 million years old. Goblin sharks inhabit around the world at depths greater than 100 m or 330 feet, with adults found deeper than juveniles. Given the depths at which it lives, the goblin shark poses no danger to humans. Other than perhaps nightmares.
9. Venezuelan Poodle Moth. Discovered in Venezuela in 2009 by Dr. Arthur Anker, this new species of alien-looking moth is still poorly explored, but “faked” photos of it went viral around 2012, causing somewhat of an Internet frenzy.
8. Dumbo Octopus refers not just to one species, but to an entire genus of deep-sea umbrella octopi, noted for their fins that resemble the ears of Dumbo (the elephant of Disney fame). There are at least 15 species of dumbo octopi, and like all umbrella octopi, their arms are connected by a web of skin, causing them to resemble umbrellas when their arms are spread apart.
7. Dugong, enormous vegetarians that can be found in warm coastal waters from East Africa to Australia, are related to manatees — though the dugong’s tail is fluked like a whale’s. Both dugong and manatee are related to the elephant, although the giant land animal is not at all similar in appearance or behavior.
6. Lamprey can be any of about 43 species of primitive, fishlike, jawless vertebrates, placed with hagfish in the class Agnatha. The eel-like, scaleless animals range from about 6 to 40 inches long. Like the hagfishes, they lack bones, jaws, and paired fins. The skeleton of a lamprey consists of cartilage. The mouth is a round sucking aperture complete with horny teeth.
5. Sunda Colugom often called the Sunda Flying Lemur (although it’s not a Lem–). It’s not a tuma … no Arni, it’s not that either… Aside from bats, you’d be hard-pressed to find another mammal that’s as good as gliding. Native to the temperate forests of South East Asia, throughout Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore, the Sunda flying lemur can glide for a distance of up to 100m, while only losing about 10m of elevation. The key to the animal’s impressive gliding skills is an enormous flap of leathery skin that runs from its face to the tips of its fingers, right down to the end of its tail, giving it a whole lot of surface area with which to keep itself aloft.
4. The star-nosed mole is found in wet, low areas of eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, extending along the Atlantic coast as far as southeastern Georgia. The star-nosed mole is easily identifiable by the twenty-two pink fleshy appendages, ringing its snout. This is used as a touch organ with more than 25,000 minute sensory receptors, known as Eimer’s organs, with which this hamster-sized mole feels its way around and detects food.
3. Perhaps it’s unfair to judge a fish out of water, but the blob fish looks more like a ball of snot than a living creature. Blobfish live deep in the ocean, where pressures are exceedingly high. In fact, the blobfish’s gelatinous appearance is actually a brilliant adaptation — its gooey, pudding-like flesh allows it to stay buoyant at depths where gaseous bladders can’t function. The aesthetically challenged blobfish was once voted the world’s ugliest animal in an online poll conducted by the British-based Ugly Animal Preservation Society, which made the fish the group’s official mascot.
2. THE ANIMALS COMMONLY known as sea pigs are in fact a type of sea cucumber belonging to a group of marine animals that includes sea urchins and starfish. Sea pigs are found in all the world’s oceans. In some areas, they comprise more than 95% of the total weight of animals on the deep-sea floor. Despite their abundance, most people will never see a sea pig, as they live in the coldest and deepest parts of the ocean.
1. The Penis Snake This, uhm… peculiar, eyeless animal is neither a penis or a snake. it is actually a large, aquatic, limbless amphibian with a broad, flat head and a fleshy dorsal fin on its body.
Well, there you have it, 10 strangely, unique specimens from the Animal Kingdom. Did you find any of these animals intriquing? Can you think of stranger animals? Let us know in the comments below. Before you go, please take a moment to like and subscribe. Catch ya next time.