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10 Weirdest Animals on Earth You Probably Haven’t Heard Of Yet

10 Weirdest Animals on Earth You Probably Haven’t Heard Of Yet

The world is a strange and beautiful place. You just have to go out and explore so you can learn about the many superb things around us.

However, with the Earth so huge and with people so small and with the land not interconnected at all, it is difficult for us to truly explore the world and learn about its amazing contents.

This is the reason why we are very thankful for the advent of the internet which allowed us to explore and learn more about the world without having to get out of our homes.


So, here, we introduce you to 10 of the weirdest animals in the planets – and you probably haven’t heard of them yet!

Aye Aye

aye-aye

Scientific classification 
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Primates
Suborder:Strepsirrhini
Superfamily:Lemuroidea
Family:Daubentoniidae
Gray, 1863
Genus:Daubentonia
É. Geoffroy, 1795
Species:D. madagascariensis
Binomial nameDaubentonia madagascariensis
Gmelin, 1788

If you are familiar with the Tarsier from the Philippine Islands, then you might not find this animal very strange at all.

However, the tarsier looks quite cute while this primate looks quite scary. It is the stuff of nightmares, albeit a very small one.

You can easily hold it in the palm of your hands but I tell you it somehow looks like a miniature and thinner version of ET.

Goblin Shark

goblin-shark

Scientific classification 
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Chondrichthyes
Subclass:Elasmobranchii
Superorder:Selachimorpha
Order:Lamniformes
Family:Mitsukurinidae
Genus:Mitsukurina
Species:M. owstoni
Binomial nameMitsukurina owstoni
D. S. Jordan, 1898

Warning: This scary-looking shark has very sharp and long teeth plus an elongated snout that could pierce through your skin.

The good news? It rarely every goes above the seawaters as it prefers living deeper than 100 m (330 ft); thus, there is very little chance you will ever encounter this weird sea creature in your lifetime.

Pacu Fish

Pacu-Fish

Scientific classification 
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Characiformes
Family:Characidae
Subfamily:Serrasalminae

What’s weirder than a fish with teeth resembling those of humans? Creepy, right? Need I say more?

Blob Fish

blob-fish

Scientific classification 
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Scorpaeniformes
Family:Psychrolutidae
Genus:Psychrolutes
Species:P. marcidus
Binomial namePsychrolutes marcidus
(McCulloch, 1926)

This sad-looking fish is quite strange because of its, well, appearance.

Its pinkish color does not make it cute but actually makes it even weirder. I certainly would not want to encounter this while diving.

Axolotl

axolotl

Scientific classification 
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Amphibia
Order:Caudata
Family:Ambystomatidae
Genus:Ambystoma
Species:A. mexicanum
Binomial nameAmbystoma mexicanum
(Shaw, 1789)

Do you believe in pixies? Now, how about scary-looking pixies?

Well, the first time I saw a picture of the axolotl, I thought it was just another character from a fantasy movie; though its long body somehow reminds of the Jake and Finn of Adventure Time.

Silly, right?

Japanese Spider Crab

Japanese-Spider-Crab

Scientific classification 
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Subphylum:Crustacea
Class:Malacostraca
Order:Decapoda
Infraorder:Brachyura
Superfamily:Majoidea
Family:Inachidae
Genus:Macrocheira
De Haan, 1839
Species:M. kaempferi
Binomial nameMacrocheira kaempferi
(Temminck, 1836)

I would never wish to meet this giant crab in open waters!

Yeti Crab

Yeti-Crab

Scientific classification 
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Subphylum:Crustacea
Class:Malacostraca
Order:Decapoda
Infraorder:Anomura
Superfamily:Chirostyloidea
Family:Kiwaidae
Macpherson, Jones & Segonzac, 2006
Genus:Kiwa
Macpherson, Jones & Segonzac, 2006

This strange creature looks like a yeti; thanks to its furry arms and legs.

Living in hydrothermal vents located along the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge, the yeti crab has learned to adapt well to its surroundings. Its “fur” is believed to detoxify poisonous minerals from the vents.

It is also carnivorous. However, there is no reason for humans to fear the yeti crab because its diet is only limited to small shrimps and green algae.

Star-Nosed Mole

Star-Nosed-Mole

Scientific classification 
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Eulipotyphla
Family:Talpidae
Subfamily:Scalopinae
Tribe:Condylurini
Gill , 1872, 1875 [ which? ]
Genus:Condylura
Illiger, 1811
Species:C. cristata
Binomial nameCondylura cristata
(Linnaeus, 1758)

This little mole’s nose is so weird that not only does it look like short earthworms, the nose part actually covers a huge part of its head as well.

However, you should not worry about meeting these rather weird creatures because these often dig tunnels where it spends most of its time in.

Blue Dragon Sea Slug

Blue-Dragon-Sea-Slug

Scientific classification 
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class:Gastropoda
(unranked):clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Nudibranchia
clade Dexiarchia
clade Cladobranchia
clade Aeolidida
Superfamily:Aeolidioidea
Family:Glaucidae
Genus:Glaucus
Species:G. atlanticus
Binomial nameGlaucus atlanticus
Forster, 1777

This scary but cute-looking creature looks rather interesting. Its tentacles strike out in all directions.

The good news about this, hmmm, cute slug is that it is just tiny.

You can actually place it on top of your palm and it won’t take up much space.

Naked Mole Rat

Naked-Mole-Rat

Scientific classification 
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Bathyergidae
Subfamily:Heterocephalinae
Landry, 1957
Genus:Heterocephalus
Rüppell, 1842
Species:H. glaber
Binomial nameHeterocephalus glaber
Rüppell, 1842

If you have watched the cute cartoon show Kim Possible, then you already know that naked mole rats exist. However, Rufus [the naked mole rat owned by Ron Stoppable in the series] actually looks quite cute while the real naked mole rat looks a whole lot different.





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