Just when you think that you have seen every animal there is to see, nature decides to create new species such as a real-life Pokémon to keep things interesting. Scientists are discovering sea creatures that look like they came from another world but there are also animals on earth you’ve probably never seen before.
While some of these unusual animals almost look like they are Photoshopped, they are indeed real and living in their own habitat. If you’re lucky enough to spot one of these strange animals in person, hopefully you have your phone or camera on you to get a once in a lifetime shot.
1) Dumbo Octopus
This adorable little octopus that looks like a real life Pokémon lives over 5,000 feet under the sea.
2) The Giant Isopod
If insects gross you out, these sea insects are probably not something you’d like to get close to either. Giant iospods actually get this big because of a phenomenon known as “deep sea gigantism” where they experience larger growth compared to similar species in shallow water.
3) The Thorny Dragon
This Australian lizard loves living in the desert and it has a unique defence for avoiding predators. It is covered in sharp spikes for protection and its small size helps it evade predators.
4) The Pacu Fish
While it may initially seem like this fish is wearing a pair of human dentures, it actually grows teeth that looks remarkably like our pearly whites. While it looks friendly, it belongs to the Piranha family and is nicknamed the “ball-cutter” so don’t wish to encounter this fish while swimming.
5) The Shoebill
These large birds have a bill that looks like a shoe and they can grow as big as 152 centimeters in height. They live in large swamps in tropical East Africa.
This magnificent looking creature is a species of sea slug and lives in warm ocean water. They have a gas-filled sac in its stomach which allows it to float on the water’s surface.
7) The Bush Viper
These snakes live in trees in the tropical forests of Africa and they love hunting at night. Unlike the smooth texture of other snakes, the bush viper has scales that stick out but they are a smaller variety of snakes that reaches a maximum length of 31 inches.
8) The Umbonia Spinosa
If there is one insect that looks like it belongs in the next ‘Men in Black’ movie, the umbonia spinosa would be it. Scientists are still unsure of its origin but think it is related to the cicida and it feeds on plant sap.
With its psychedelic colors you would think this crustacean is laid back but they are anything but. They pack a punch with 340 pounds of force at nearly 50 miles an hour and love to smash their prey into submission.
10) Blind Snake
If you have a fear of snakes, this snake is blind but that probably won’t change your opinion about snakes. It is found in the Amazon river and has several nicknames due to its resemblance to a certain male appendage.
11) Red-Lipped Batfish
Unlike other fish, the red-lipped batfish actually uses its fins to walk on the ocean floor. I wonder if the invention of lip gloss was inspired by the red-lipped batfish.
12) The Blue Parrotfish
The blue parrotfish always appears like it is smiling for the camera doesn’t it? This happy looking fish also likes to eat and spends 80% of its time looking for food.
13) Lowland Streaked Tenrec
While this lowland streaked tenrec looks cute, I wouldn’t pet it anytime soon because of those large quills covering most of its body. It can be found in Madagascar, Africa, and its diet mainly consists of earthworms.
Okapis may look like they belong to the horse or zebra family but they actually belong to the giraffe family. They are native to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa where people can experience their cuteness.
15) The Sea Pig
This ocean creature only gets his name because of it’s resemble to a pig because it is actually related to sea cucumbers. They have odd-looking tube feet that helps them walk across the deep-ocean floor at depths of over 3,200 feet.
16) The Saiga Antelope
A unique feature of this antelope is it’s large flexible nose that serves two purposes. It helps filter the air in the summer and helps warm the air before entering their lungs in the winter but unfortunately this species is on the endangered species list.
17) The Indian Purple Frog
“Things that look slimy for a hundred, Alex!” Seriously though, this frog likes to live underground and only comes up to the surface for two weeks every year for mating season.
18) The Hummingbird Hawk-Moth
Hummingbirds can’t do no wrong and this adorable Hawk-Moth variety is no different. The hummingbird hawk-moth resembles a moth, a hawk, and a hummingbird, hence its name.
19) The Venezuelan Poodle Moth
The moth somewhat resembles a poodle but I wouldn’t pet it just yet. It was only recently discovered in 2009 so not much is yet known about this adorable moth.
20) The Panda Ant
You can wrap anything in a panda print and it would look adorable, even including ants! The Panda ant actually is a type of wasp though and it stings just as badly so don’t get too close.
21) The Narwhal
The Narwhal is something you would think only exists in fairy tales but the unicorn of the sea is truly real. They live in the Arctic and their large “tusk” is actually a canine tooth and it offers plenty of protection against predators.
22) Ezo Momonga
This cute little fella is a flying squirrel near Hokkaido Island in Japan and his big shiny eyes only makes him cuter.
Nature is amazing and it is always exciting with new species are discovered. Please share these animals don’t almost don’t look real with your friends and family.