The planet earth is home to a variety of animals species and unique creatures. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, some new, bizarre, unique animals make an appearance and surprised us all. Nature is truly full of surprises!
It’s no wonder then we do not know all of them but still – there are animals out there you certainly won’t believe even exist. Toptenia prepared for you a selection of 10 really unique animals that you’ve probably never heard of or seen before.
10. Clouded Leopard
The clouded leopard is a wildcat occurring from the Himalayan foothills through mainland Southeast Asia into China. The clouded leopard’s fur is of a dark grey or ochreous ground-colour, often largely obliterated by black and dark dusky-grey blotched pattern. Clouded leopards are believed to be solitary, except when breeding or accompanied by cubs.
9. Snub-nosed monkey
Snub-nosed monkeys live in Asia, and get their name from the short stump of a nose on their round faces, with nostrils arranged forward. They have relatively multi-coloured and long fur, particularly at the shoulders and backs. Currently, there are four species of snub-nosed monkey discovered in the genus, all native to China or Vietnam.
8. Patagonian Mara
With long hare-like ears and a body resembling a small deer, the Patagonian mara (Dolichotis patagonum) is a distinctly unusual looking rodent.
Patagonian maras live only in the arid central and southern regions of Argentina. At present, the Patagonian mara is found in at least 12 protected areas, where it received varying degrees of protection against habitat loss and hunting.
7. Japanese spider crab
The Japanese spider crab is a species of marine crab that lives in the waters around Japan. It has the largest leg span of any arthropod, reaching up to 3.8 meters (12 ft) long, and weighing up to 41 pounds (20 kg). It is the subject of the fishery and is considered a delicacy.
Their long legs are weak and to protect themselves from predation, the smaller and younger crabs can decorate their shells with objects such as kelp (large brown algae seaweeds and grows in underwater forests).
6. Markhor Goat
The markhor is an endangered species of wild goat that is natively found in the mountainous regions of northern Pakistan and in the Himalayas. According to folklore, the markhor has the ability to kill a snake. Markhor is adapted to mountainous terrain and can be found between 600 and 3,600 meters in elevation.
5. Emperor Tamarin
Emperor Tamarin is arguably the most charismatic of the tamarins (squirrel-sized) monkeys and is a small primate named for its characteristic and unique long white moustache.
The emperor tamarin is grey on the body and silvery-brown to black on the crown, with a dull gold or reddish-orange tail. Young tamarins are cared for primarily by the father and turned over to the mother only to nurse, however, the entire group helps with the care of the young.
4. The Piglet Squid
The piglet squid measures only a few centimetres across, and it’s one of the cutest animals out there! It can be found in virtually all oceans in the deep water, over 100 meters deep. This truly unique sea creature looks happy with its lot in life as it appears to be smiling broadly. Measuring just 3.9cm (10cm) in length, these squid species have light-producing organs to help it navigate the depths.
3. Blue Footed Booby
The blue-footed booby is a marine bird native to subtropical and tropical regions of the eastern Pacific Ocean. During mating rituals, male birds show off their shiny-blue feet to prospective mates with a high-stepping strut. The bluer the feet, the more attractive the mate. These birds live off the western coasts of Central and South America.
2. Venezuelan poodle moth
This bizarre insect is a poodle moth, discovered in Venezuela in 2009. Dr Arthur Anker of Kyrgyzstan was the person who found the poodle moth and wrote up its first description. It has enormous, black eyes. Long, brown, leaf-like spiky antenna that sticks out straight to each side of the head, and a furry, white body.
1. Ocean sunfish
The ocean sunfish is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. The average ocean sunfish is 10 feet long and weighs 2200 pounds, but the biggest can grow up to 5000 pounds. Ocean sunfish, also known as Mola mola, is found in the temperate and tropical regions of the Mediterranean, Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans.