10 Unique Looking Animals That Will Surprise You
Scientists estimates there are approximately 8.7 million species on Earth, out of which 1-2 million species are estimated to be animals. And then there are the oceans hiding its own secrets. As humans have explored only 5 percent of the oceans, there could be thousands of species we have no idea about. There are many species including insects, reptiles that will amaze you by their appearance and remind you how surprising mother nature can be. In this list, we are presenting 10 Unique Looking Animals That Will Surprise You.
Unique Looking Animals That Will Surprise You
10. Superb Bird Of Paradise:
Also known as the greater lophorina, these birds are a small passerine, about 26cm long. Their female populations are quite low and the males, in order to show their affection, will spread his black feather cape and blue-green breast shield widely, snapping a beat with his tail feathers dancing around her. Most of the females will reject about 15-20 suitors before giving consent.
9. Orchid Mantis:
Hymenopus coronatus or Orchid Mantis is one of the beautiful insects in the world. They’re known for their colors which can and range from white and yellow to pink and brown. One of the several species of flower mantises. Orchid Mantis also is known to eat larger vertebrates, such as lizards and frogs. They look like and mimic the flowers upon which they’re often found and their four legs resemble flower petals, helping them to blend and lure insects.
8. Venezuelan Poodle Moth:
Kyrgyzstan’s Dr. Arthur Anker first discovered the Venezuelan Poodle Moth in Venezuela’s Gran Sabana region in 2009. This insect looks like a cross between a poodle and an angora sweater. The fuzzy white moth with bulging black eyes and bizarre antennae quickly went viral after posting a photo online. It is still unknown what family it belongs to.
7. Saiga Antelope:
Saiga Antelope is now one of the critically dangered species and limited to Russia and the ‘stans of Central Asia. This species had a wide range during the Ice Age. These animals are known for their bloated shnozz, which might look a bit like someone docked an Elephant’s trunk but they warm frigid air during winter while cooling and filtering out dust in the summer.
6. The Gerenuk:
Also known as the giraffe gazelle, Gerenuks are found in the Horn of Africa and the drier parts of East Africa. These long-necked antelope was first found by the naturalist Victor Brooke in 1878. Gerenuks are known for their long, slender neck and limbs.
5. Honduran White Bat:
Honduran White Bat or the ghost bat is one of only two white bat species in the world. These cuties are only found in the jungles of Central America. This tiny species of bats cut the large leaves of a plant causing them to fold down into a tent, so they protect the colony from rain and predators. These bats with snow white to greyish fur, with an amber or yellow nose and ears are the only member of the genus Ectophylla.
4. Glaucus Atlanticus:
Glaucus Atlanticus or Blue Sea Slug is an inch-long nudibranch which is just as lethal as beautiful. They store venom in their finger-like cerata, delivering a sting that causes fever, shock, and even death. Glaucus Atlanticus is known to float upside down by using the surface tension of the water to stay up, where they are carried along by the winds and ocean currents and they swallow an air bubble to keep afloat.
3. Harp Sponge:
Lyre sponge or harp sponge is a species of carnivorous deep-sea sponge that was first discovered off the Californian coast. They have only two veins and quite dangerous to crustaceans. They often look a bit like a candelabra sitting on the bottom of the ocean.
2. Red-lipped Batfish:
Also known as the Galapagos Batfish, this unusual looking fish is found in the Galapagos Islands at depths of 10 to 250 feet. Red-lipped Batfish are bad swimmers and they are able to walk on the ocean floor using its pectoral fins. When they reach maturity, their dorsal fin evolves into a single spine-like projection that they primarily use to lure prey. With bright red lips, they have an illicium on their head, that is used for the same purpose.
Also known as zebra giraffe, Okapi looks like a combination of zebra and giraffe. These species are native to the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. With striped markings reminiscent of zebras, though Okapi looks more like a zebra, they are closely related to the giraffe.