We live in a world that is extremely varied. In terms of numbers, scientists estimate that there are 8.7 million species on Earth, and it will take another 1,000 years to list them all. Of all, some animals have such bizarre characteristics that they may as well not be from Earth.
We scoured the natural world for some of the rarest creatures and rounded up a list of the best ones for you to admire. One has to wonder what Mother Nature was thinking when she created these weird yet wonderful creatures.
- A moth that looks more like a Pokémon
Unlike many Internet photos of adorable and fluffy animals that are subsequently revealed to be false, the Venezuelan poodle moth is actually real and looks like a poodle with wings — or some kind of Pokémon.
Scientists are still attempting to learn more about this species, which is thought to be linked to the fuzzy muslin moth, while the Internet’s imagination goes wild.
2. The moth that looks like a hummingbird
The hummingbird hawk-moth is a moth that looks so much like a hummingbird that it’s easy to confuse the two. It, like the bird, swings its wings extremely fast, generating a sort of buzz.
It’s as if Mother Nature admired hummingbirds so much that she replicated the pattern as a moth.
3. The amphibian with the sweetest smile
The axolotl is similar to a miniature poodle in that it remains charming throughout its life, never losing its larval characteristics. Axolotls are salamanders that exist solely in the Xochimilco waters in Mexico City and are quite popular as pets because to their cheerful characteristics.
Their numbers are currently on the decline due to the demands of the aquarium trade as well as being a delicacy.
4. This pretty slug packs a venomous punch
The blue glaucus is a brightly colored sea slug that is also known as a sea dragon. Despite its attractive appearance, it is a carnivore who feeds on venomous Portuguese man o’ war jellyfish. When it has to protect itself, it stores the stingers of this jellyfish inside its body to unleash a walloping sting.
The blue hue you notice is because this slug swims on its rear, displaying its bright underside to blend in with the sun-lit blue waters of the ocean.
5. No, this isn’t kelp, it’s the leafy sea dragon.
The leafy sea dragon is a fish that is closely related to the sea horse and pipefish. They’re also the most decorated and flawlessly disguised creatures in the water, appearing exactly like the seaweed and kelp structures in which they dwell.
These gossamer-like animals, formerly caught as pets by divers, may now be found in the seas of Australia, and conservation efforts have allowed their population to grow to a respectable size.
6. Meet the Picasso bug that nature painted herself.
The Picasso bug, also known as the Zulu hud bug, is one of nature’s most beautiful insects, and it is primarily found in Africa’s scorching Saharan areas. While it is a brilliant tiny insect, it is linked to the stink bug family, which means that going too near to it can literally make it stink.
7. The maned wolf is the only golden dog of its kind.
The maned wolf, which is approximately 3 feet tall, resembles a tall fox and is dubbed a wolf, despite the fact that it is neither. It’s basically a canid, like a dog, and it’s the only one in the world. Its urine has a musky, almost skunk-like odor, so you’ll probably smell one before you see one.
The maned wolf is a South American omnivore that eats small animals, fruits, and vegetables and looks nothing like any other member of the canine family.
8. The long-necked turtle looks almost snake-like.
There are 16 species of long-necked turtles, which are sometimes known as snake-necked turtles for obvious reasons. These are concealed predators with long necks that lunge for fish and are primarily found in Australia and New Guinea.
Their necks are so long that they cannot be fully retracted into the shell, making them outliers in the turtle world.
9. The black-headed jabiru stork
The jabiru stork is a prehistoric-looking bird with a red-ringed black neck and head and a white body, giving it a vulture-like appearance. It is a sociable species that mates for life and is approximately 4.5 feet tall.
According to the IUCN, the population of these birds has increased to the point that they are no longer a hazard.
10. The peacock mantis shrimp packs a punch.
The peacock mantis shrimp, sometimes known as the harlequin shrimp, is one of the most beautiful aquatic animals, but it is linked to the lobster and shrimp families.
It’s the Muhammed Ali of the water, other from being multicolored.
When threatened, its front legs can travel at the same speed as a bullet, at 23 m/sec. And these legs can kick with 100 times their own weight. With an average weight of one pound, this shrimp can kick with a power of 100 pounds.