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25+ Strange Animals That You Won’t Believe Are From Earth

There are millions of unique species on earth, and each year scientists encounter hundreds of previously unknown animals. Most of them have existed for years without us knowing about them, and maybe for a good reason too because some of these beings are utterly terrifying and just plain creepy.


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We here at Bored Panda have compiled a list of the most bizarre of these little-known creatures.
From alien-looking moths to extremely ugly fish, you’re going to be surprised that these animals actually inhabit the same planet as us!

Scroll below to delve into the mysterious world of mother nature.

#1 Venezuelan Poodle Moth

Venezuelan Poodle Moth

Discovered in Venezuela in 2009, this new species of alien-looking moth has poodle-like fur covering its head, thorax, abdomen, and even its wings.

Arthur Anker Report

KismetTheFox 8 hours ago

I. Want. Forty.

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#2 Red-Lipped Batfish

Red-Lipped Batfish

Found on the Galapagos Islands, this fish is actually a pretty bad swimmer, and uses its pectoral fins to walk on the bottom of the ocean.

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glowworm2 8 hours ago

It kind of looks like an undersea hooker!

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#3 Glaucus Atlanticus

Glaucus Atlanticus

Also known as the blue dragon, this creature is a is a species of blue sea slug. You could find it in warm waters of the oceans, as it floats on the surface because of a gas-filled sac in its stomach.

Sylke Rohrlach Report

glowworm2 8 hours ago

THese are so pretty

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#4 Dumbo Octopus

Dumbo Octopus

Dumbo octopus is an umbrella octopus found all around the world. Its name comes from Disney’s “Dumbo” because of the creature’s ears bearing similarity to the movies’ title character.

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Eliane Prado 8 hours ago

Cute

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#5 Tufted Deer

Tufted Deer

Found in central China, the tufted deer is a small species of deer characterized by a prominent tuft of black hair on its forehead and fang-like canines for the males. It is a timid, mainly solitary creature, that sometimes lives in pairs and enjoys living in areas with good cover.

Heush Report

Allison G. 6 hours ago

I love that someone looked at this deer and said “we should name it for the hair on its head. It’s not like it has any other distinguishing characteristics.”

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#6 Atretochoana Eiselti Or ‘Penis Snake’

Atretochoana Eiselti Or 'Penis Snake'

Atretochoana eiselti is a species of caecilian with a broad, flat head and a fleshy dorsal fin on the body. Although it is not a snake, it’s been called a ‘penis snake’ in the media.

Matt Roper Report

Didi 3 hours ago

I knew about this animal because like an intellectual I’ve googled animals that look like dicks. There’s a lot of them and it made me laugh

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#7 Lowland Streaked Tenrec

Lowland Streaked Tenrec

Found in Madagascar, Africa, this small tenrec is the only mammal known to use stridulation for generating sound – something that’s usually associated with snakes and insects.

Arto Hakola Report

Alia G. 8 hours ago

I love tenrecs! They’re kind of like grumpy hedgehogs

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#8 Blue Parrotfish

Blue Parrotfish

This bright blue fish can be found in shallow water in the tropical and subtropical parts of the western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. They spend 80 percent of their time searching for food and eat small organisms found in the sand and algae that they scrape off rocks.

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Andycat >_< 5 hours ago

I don’t support hunting cause it’s mean and brutal yeah it’s for survival but I don’t think killing is always the answer

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#9 Macropinna Microstoma

Macropinna Microstoma

Macropinna microstoma is a species of fish that lives at a depth of about 600 metres (2,000 ft) to 800 metres (2,600 ft), hanging nearly motionless in the water. It is quite unusual with a transparent, fluid-filled dome on its head, through which the lenses of its eyes can be seen.

MBARI Report

Sarah Schmidt 6 hours ago

Man, these are deep thoughts

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#10 Panda Ant

Panda Ant

Despite looking like an ant and being referred as such, it is in fact a form of wingless wasp. This insect is also known as cow-killer. Females possess thicker fur but lack wings. The furry panda ant lives for about 2 years.

Chris Lukhaup Report

Randy Inbred 2 hours ago

Looks like an ant designed by Tim Burton!

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#11 Star-Nosed Mole

Star-Nosed Mole

A a small mole found in wet low areas in the northern parts of North America, Star-nosed mole is easily identifiable by its snout which is used as a touch organ with more than 25,000-minute sensory receptors. Named Eimer’s organs, the receptors are great at deteting seismic waves.

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Alycia Bell 6 hours ago

It literally looks like it’s head was cut off and it just… stayed alive… like that.

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#12 Japanese Spider Crab

Japanese Spider Crab

The Japanese spider crab lives in the waters near Japan and has the largest leg span of any arthropod, reaching up to 5.5 metres (18 ft). Despite looking ferocious, the crab has been reported to have a gentle disposition.

Takashi Hososhima , Dave Thompson Report

diane a 7 hours ago

What!!! – 1950’s/Twighlight Zone creature

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#13 Sea Pig

Sea Pig

Scotoplanes are sea cucumbers that live on deep ocean bottoms, specifically on the abyssal plain in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean, typically at depths of over 1000 meters. They are deposit feeders, and obtain food by extracting organic particles from deep-sea mud.

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Randy Inbred 2 hours ago

A face only a mother could love…

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#14 Irrawaddy Dolphin

Irrawaddy Dolphin

Irrawaddy Dolphin is an oceanic dolphin found in the Bay of Bengal and Southeast Asia. Its most notable feature is a round head with no distinct beak.

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glowworm2 8 hours ago

It’s so cute.

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#15 Honduran White Bat

Honduran White Bat

The Honduran white bat has distinctive white fur, with tips of individual hairs being gray as well as a leaf-shaped nose. They live in leaf ‘tents’ that they ‘build’ by cutting the side veins extending out from the midrib of large leaves.

Leyo , Geoff Gallice Report

Andycat >_< 4 hours ago

Cute

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#16 Spiny Bush Viper

Spiny Bush Viper

Atheris hispida is a venomous viper from Central Africa. For their extremely keeled dorsal scales they are often called “rough-scaled bush viper” and “spiny bush viper”.

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Alicia Reese 6 hours ago

Looks like a Pokeman character

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#17 Sunda Colugo

Sunda Colugo

Sunda Colugo or Sunda flying lemur is a species of colugo, native to Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. It is not, in fact, a lemur and it does not fly, gliding instead. Sunda Colugo is active at night and feeds on soft plant parts like young leaves, shoots, flowers, and fruits.

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glowworm2 8 hours ago

Absolutely adorable!

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#18 Pacu

Pacu

Pacu have square, straight teeth, which are uncannily similar to human teeth. Pacu, unlike piranha, mainly feed on plant material and not flesh or scales.

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Sophster 4 hours ago

straighter than mine hmpf

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#19 Saiga Antelope

Saiga Antelope

This saiga, spread around the Eurasian steppe, is known for its an extremely unusual, over-sized, flexible nose structure, the proboscis. It is a critically endangered antelope.

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Smoofy 1 hour ago

Elephant-Deer

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#20 Blobfish

Blobfish

The blobfish is a deep sea fish that inhabits the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania, Zealand. The body of the blobfish is primarily a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water and this allows it to float above the sea floor without expending energy on swimming. They only appear droopy when taken out of the sea, when pressure changes drastically.

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Orsolya 8 hours ago

The last sentence is the perfect reason why the poor creatures should be left in the deep waters.

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#21 Fossa

Fossa

Fossa is a cat-like mammal that lives in Madagascar. Its classification has been controversial because physically it resembles a cat, while other traits suggest relation to viverrids. Genetic research has shown that they are actually their own separate species.

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Eliane Prado 8 hours ago

Evebody knows about Fossas. King Julian talk about them all the time in Madagascar movie.

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#22 Glass Frog

Glass Frog

Found in South America, the glass frog is a family of amphibians with some specimens exhibiting an outstanding feature — transparent abdomens. Because the internal viscera is visible through the skin, the common name they are given is glass frogs.

JurriaanH , Geoff Gallice Report

glowworm2 5 hours ago

That is one awesome frog!

#23 Mata Mata

Mata Mata

Found in South America, the mata mata is a freshwater turtle known for a large, triangular, flattened head characterized with many tubercles and flaps of skin, and a “horn” on its long and tubular snout.

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Andycat >_< 4 hours ago

It’s a rock?

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#24 Sea Pen

Sea Pen

Sea pen is a colonial animal with multiple polyps that ‘root’ itself in sandy or muddy substrate. They mainly catch plankton. When touched, some sea pens emit a bright greenish light.

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Troux 5 hours ago

The spirit animal of Sean Penn.

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#25 Goblin Shark

Goblin Shark

This rare shark is sometimes even called a “living fossil”, “is the only extant representative of the family Mitsukurinidae, a lineage some 125 million years old.” Goblin sharks inhabit the depths greater than 100 m (330 ft), with adults found deeper than juveniles. Given the depths at which it lives, the goblin shark poses no danger to humans.

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N G 1 hour ago

Hell no

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