You probably think you’ve seen it all, because you’ve been alive on this planet for so long, but there are creatures hidden in corners of the world you won’t even believe until you see. They have strange features unlike anything you’re used to looking at, which is what makes them so bizarre. Although there’s a whole universe we still need to explore, here are some of the weirdest animals found on Earth:
These little fellows can be found in both the northeastern United States and Canada. The strange appendages attached to their nose actually contain 25,000 sensory receptors, which helps it navigate its environment, because it is functionally blind. Although this creature is meant to stay on land, its special nose makes it possible for them to smell (but not breathe) underwater.
These adorable bears are found in Southeast Asia. Sometimes, they are referred to as “honey bears” because they love to devour honeycombs and honey. While they’re eating their favorite snacks, their tongue can extend to eight or nine inches long. Don’t be fooled by their innocent look, though, because they have sharp teeth that can rip open trees.
This is the smallest type of armadillo, and can be found in central Argentina. They have small eyes, yellowish skin, and a flexible shell that only covers part of their bodies. Unfortunately, they aren’t seen very often, because the population has declined drastically over the years.
The Kiwa Hirsuta, also known as the yeti crab or the furry lobster, is a sea creature that has silky blonde bristles that resemble fur. Although this species still needs to be studied, scientists believe they are blind. They are also thought to be carnivores resembling crabs more than lobsters.
Grimpoteuthis are known as Dumbo octopuses, because they have fins at the top of their head like elephant ears. However, the appearance of these creatures vary. Some of them look short and yellow while others look similar to jellyfish. Some of them have suckers and some have colored fins.
This is a deep sea fish that has appeared in New Zealand and Australia. It doesn’t have much muscle, because it doesn’t need to swim to survive. It just swallows whatever edible objects float in front of its face.
This bird is similar to a stork, but it has a bill shaped like a shoe. You can find them in tropical parts of East Africa. They are very large birds, and some of them even reach 60 inches tall. However, their beak alone can reach up to 9 inches.
What’s the weirdest animal you’ve ever seen? Would you ever want to have one of these animals as a pet?