Scientists estimate that there are at least 5 million unknown species out there waiting to be discovered. And sometime they just turned out weird.
But as it turns out, there are tons of crazy weird animals right here on Earth.
Here are some animals that you probably never even knew existed.
- Aye-aye (pictured above)
The aye-aye is a lemur, a strepsirrhine primate native to Madagascar that combines rodent-like teeth and a special thin middle finger to fill the same ecological niche as a woodpecker.
- Dumbo octopus
By Ed Bowlby, NOAA/Olympic Coast NMS; NOAA/OAR/Office of Ocean Exploration (NOAA Photo Library) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
These octopuses are commonly nicknamed “Dumbo octopuses” or “Dumbo octopods” in reference to how the ear-like fins protruding from the top of their head-like bodies resemble the ears of Walt Disney’s flying elephant Dumbo.
- The gerenuk
Gerenuk are sometimes also called the giraffe-necked antelope.
- Star nosed mole
By US National Parks Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The star-nosed mole is easily identified by the twenty-two pink fleshy appendages ringing its snout, which is used as a touch organ with more than 25,000 minute sensory receptors, known as Eimer’s organs, with which this hamster-sized mole feels its way around.
- Saddleback caterpillar
The saddleback caterpillar is primarily green with brown at either end or a prominent white-ringed brown dot in the center which resembles a saddle.
- Komondor dog
The Komondor is a large, white-coloured Hungarian breed of livestock guardian dog with a long, corded coat. The Komondor breed has been declared one of Hungary’s national treasures, to be preserved and protected from modification
The blobfish is a deep sea fish of the family Psychrolutidae. It inhabits the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania, as well as the waters of New Zealand. Due to its low density flesh, the blobfish’s shape is very different when it is out of water. Its unappealing looks have created much discussion in media outlets.
- Red-lipped batfish
Red-lipped batfish are not good swimmers; they use their highly-adapted pectoral fins to “walk” on the ocean floor. The red-lipped batfish or Galapagos batfish is a fish of unusual morphology found around the Galapagos Islands at depths of 30m or more.
Tarsiers are small animals with enormous eyes; each eyeball is approximately 16 mm in diameter and is as large as its entire brain. They have an incredibly strong auditory sense because their auditory cortex is very distinct.
- Axolotl or walking fish
The axolotl (“water monster”), also known as a Mexican salamander or a Mexican walking fish, is a neotenic salamander, closely related to the tiger salamander. Axolotls are used extensively in scientific research due to their ability to regenerate limbs. Axolotls were also sold as food in Mexican markets and were a staple in the Aztec diet.
Sources: Video by MatthewSantoro on YouTube, header image screenshot from the video