The world is a strange place filled with strange creatures, and no, we’re not talking about people here, but exotic animals. Whether they are crawling, walking, flying, or swimming, these animals are the product of centuries of evolution, or non-evolution as some cases may be. Nature’s diversity is what makes it not only interesting but also lively and vibrant.
Here are some of the most unique life forms that roam the planet today.
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This little fella is a species of the Mexican mole salamander. Failure to undergo metamorphosis led to the axolotl to have gills and remain aquatic. Axolotls are often used in research for their ability to regenerate themselves.
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The ear-like fins on the side of their “heads” uncannily resemble the ears of Disney’s famous elephant, hence the name, according to list25.com, an online portal of a list of the most curious things. It’s a rare occurrence to see these sea creatures since they live in the extreme depths of the oceans (at least 13,100 feet deep). Their ear-like fins help them navigate the waters while their “arms” are used for steering.
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This creature looks more like an angry crab with red lips than a fish at first glance. It can only be found in Galapagos, an archipelago in Ecuador, at depths of 10 to 249 feet. The red-lipped batfish is known for using its fins as pseudo-legs to “walk around” the seafloor.
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If you’ve ever watched the Disney Channel cartoon “Kim Possible,” then you may be familiar with this mammal. Also known as the sand puppy, the naked mole-rat lives in communities underground and is often led by a dominant queen. Its body is hairless, tubular, and wrinkled—making it appear like a miniature walrus.
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When out of the water, the blobfish looks like an unhappy fellow—and they probably are, much like any other animal that’s taken out of its natural habitat. These fish can be found deep in Australian waters and have adapted to living at extreme pressures. Its flabby appearance earned it the title of “ugliest animal in the world” but only because there isn’t enough pressure above water, which gives it that appearance.
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Also known as whale head, whale-headed stork, or shoe-billed stork, the shoebill is a large stork that stands at about 3.8 feet tall. That height makes the bird one of the largest in the world, with broad wings and long legs. According to Britannica, shoebills can be found in the swampy regions in and around the White Nile area in the northeast of Africa.
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This marine mammal is often confused with its close relative, the manatee. What makes them different is that the dugong has tail flukes with pointed projections at the tip similar to that of a whale, while the manatees have paddle-shaped tails like a beaver. The average lifespan for the mammal is up to 70 years, but the IUCN declared them as a vulnerable species as their numbers are slowly decreasing, as per the National Geographic.