Good morning, world!
My Super Six is a bit different today. I’ll be sharing six funny looking animals that a lot of people might not even know exist. Strange that, isn’t it? There are most probably thousands and thousands of species that we haven’t discovered on Earth, yet even the ones that have been known about for years are still unheard of by the majority of us!
Anyway, here’s a bit of my giant animal nerdiness escaping out of me. I love animals and nature and science and discovery, so this week’s feature is well up my street. Enjoy!
Yep, this is probably the ugliest looking creature on Earth, and I’m happy to see any contenders you may have! I can’t think of anything more physically disgusting looking than a blob of goo with facial features…(However, personally, giant isopods make me feel actually ill. I can’t even include an image to share them with you – Google it.)
This sad looking fellow is actually endangered thanks to the over-fishing of deep sea trawlers. This is because it unluckily lives at the same depths as other more commonly eaten sea creatures such as crabs and lobsters.
What even is this? Okay, I’ll tell you.
It’s actually a Madagascan lemur with weird scraggly hair and one creepily long, thin finger that it uses to tap on trees to find bugs. It’s as if evolution really tried hard with this one, and just stopped half way through.
Once it finds the grubs inside the trees, it gnaws open a hole in the bark and uses that creepy looking finger to hook out the creatures and then sucks them off. You should really watch this thing go. Tap, tap.
“I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my Squishy”… I’m relating to Dory lots here right now!
This little octopus is, no doubt, a bit of a cutey. Named after Dumbo because of its large ear-like fins, this is the deepest living of all octopus species and lives at depths of around 4000m!
I’d say this is maybe the more well known of the funny looking animals, mostly due to it’s giant, phallic nose. It’s actually the females who are interested in the nose – I guess they say, in proboscis monkey world, the bigger the nose…
I promise you, this is not a Pokémon. This is actually a sea slug!
Although they’re so, so beautiful, these little slugs actually have a painful and potentially dangerous sting, similar to that of a Man o’ War, when touched. It eats the Portuguese Man o’ Wars, and then stores the venom in its little fingers. No wonder it packs a bit of a punch.
Still, it’s incredible looking. Those colours! These slugs live pretty much everywhere that has temperate or tropical seas. They’re tiny though, and only grow to about 3cm.
The shoebill is a huge, evil looking and endangered bird from the swamps of Africa. The huge, deadly looking nose isn’t the only weird thing about this bird, as it’s widely known to just stand motionless for huge periods of time. That’s kind of its thing.
They are massive, being almost as tall as your average human. With that comes a huge wing span too. I wouldn’t want to mess around with this bird. Sadly, the swamps they live in are increasingly being destroyed and turned into farm land hence it’s place on the endangered species list.
What other funny looking animals would you say are deserving of a place on this list?
You can read my previous post here.