The term “strange animals on earth” may be applied to organisms whose characteristics deviate from the typical framework of a particular animal. This can range from obvious and extreme deviations, such as a bear with antlers, or less obvious variations in body structure that are nevertheless significant enough to create a new classification or order.
How many of these strange animals on earth do you know? If you’ve ever been confused by an exotic-looking animal then this list is for you.
Have you ever wanted to see a tarsier? These strange creatures are easy to find in Southeast Asia, from Indonesia and the Philippines all the way up to Vietnam. They are only found in rainforest environments, which are rapidly disappearing. In fact, many people believe that this animal is already extinct!
It’s not a shark, but it looks like one! This creature is called the Ghost Shark, and it can be found in the deep waters off of New Zealand. It has no teeth, but it does have an interesting way of catching its prey. When this fish gets near its victim, that victim freezes in fear. The Ghost Shark than uses those long front fins to grab hold of the fish and eat it!
This creature is known as a Sea Pig, only because it doesn’t look anything like a pig.
This creature looks like a monster from another planet, with its bright red eyes and body covered in blue stripes. This deep-water fish has been given the name Macropinna Microstoma. It can be found in the South Pacific Ocean, living at depths of up to 1,300 meters (4,265 feet). Its red eyes are more than just for show – these fish live so far below the surface that there is no light.
The WWF estimate that there are currently fewer than 1,200 Irrawaddy dolphins left on Earth. This is a sizeable drop from their endangered status in 2006. Lorcanaidh Cox, co-director of the Wild Dolphins Project (part of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society), was interviewed about this change: “It is heartening to see such a large recovery happening so quickly but it is important not to celebrate yet as they are still critically endangered.
Sea pig, or sea urchin, is a common name for the several species of sea otter and sea cucumber. In addition to its English name, it may also be known as “sea parrot” (New Zealand) and “sampan” (Japan). The animals themselves are mostly brown, but can also be white. The males average 6 to 8 feet in length with weights of 90–140 pounds.
Pink fairy armadillo
The pink fairy armadillo is a small insectivorous mammal native to central Argentina. It is the smallest known armadillo, weighing only about 2 ounces. It evolved from one-toed ancestors and does not have claws on its toes, though it does retain some vestigial carpal bones in its forefeet. The organs of smell and hearing have also been reduced.
Lowland Streaked Tenrec
A lowland streaked tenrec is a species of the genus Microgale.
This mammal inhabits subtropical montane forest and disturbed habitats including cultivated land, clearings, and human settlements near the Amazonian and Orinco river basins. Tenrecs feed on plant exudates, insects and other invertebrate prey.
The great potoo is a species of bird. They inhabit eastern Mexico, Central America and most of the Amazon Basin in South America. Sizes vary from 25-32 cm in length. Their diets are composed mostly of insects and other small animals.
The echidna is a terrestrial monotreme that lives in Australia and New Guinea, and on islands in the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the four mammals that lay eggs, the other three being the platypus and two species of elephant shrews.
The echidna is a small, solitary and shy animal. The average weight of echidnas ranges from 2 to 10 kg (4 to 20 lb), although they can grow larger. Males are usually smaller than females, but they can be nearly double their weight.
The red-lipped batfish is a species of fish. It lives near the seafloor in coral reefs, sand beds and rocky areas, from shallow waters to depths of up to 120 m (400 feet).
The sei whale is a species of baleen whale. It is a rorqual belonging to the Cetotheriidae family, which includes the humpback whale, the fin whale and Bryde’s whale.
The star-nosed mole is a small North American mole with a uniquely specialized snout. Actually, this particular animal has the fastest moving appendage of any known mammal—a pink, fleshy protuberance that covers the majority of its nose. This appendage facilitates prey capture, which mostly consist of earthworms. The star-nosed mole can close its nostrils when underwater and still leave enough space to breathe through its nose.
The Pacu is a popular fish in South America. It can grow to over three feet in length and eats everything from scraps of food, to small birds and fish eggs, to insects. Although they are not poisonous themselves, they have a long history of eating other fish, which have caused them to be considered as pests.
Capybaras are inhabitants of the dense forests of South America. They are better known for their size than for their intelligence or even their physical prowess.
The blue parrotfish is native to the coral reefs of the Florida Keys, and is one of the most commonly encountered reef fishes. It’s a small fish, reaching just six inches in length. The blue parrotfish has a distinctive appearance—it can be easily distinguished from other fish by its underdeveloped dorsal fin, which doesn’t develop until maturity (in contrast to many other fish).
The bird-dropping spider is a type of spider in the family Theridiidae. It is so called because it makes its silk home in the middle of a rolled up dead leaf or twig. Its size can vary greatly, but it usually has an orange or brown body with legs that are a lighter shade of brown or tan.