Are you a dedicated animal enthusiast? Do you think that you have seen everything in the world? But if you answered yes, then you should think twice about it. There will always be wonders that will make your eyes pop.
Did you know that there are more than 1.3 million identified non-insect animal species on Earth? You never know what creature will surprise you on your next trip to the sea? Your next hike. Or on your random walk in your backyard. Mother Earth will surprise you with her wonders.
We compiled a few of her creatures that you never thought existed. Here’s a teaser of Mother Earth’s beautiful surprises.
#1. Squid with Teeth
Promachoteuthis Sulcus Squid
Did this remind you of a scary movie? Don’t fret! The Promachoteuthis Sulcus Squid is actually not a monster. And, it doesn’t eat people.
Yes, they exist. The good thing is it’s only an inch long. Scientists believed that it does not have the capacity to grow much larger. Above all, the teeth are not actually teeth because these are folded lips. They folded their lips over themselves to give the look of teeth. And these cute creatures are concealing a beak farther back in their mouth, which is more characteristic of the typical squid.
In short, this is actually a normal squid. Just remember that they are small and those teeth are not actually their teeth. 😉
#2. Ili Pika
The other name for the Ili Pika is ‘magic rabbit’. These species of mammal are natives in northwest China. Its first discovery was in 1983. Its next sightings were in 2014, in Northern China’s mountain regions. However, the numbers are falling because of climate change.
#3. Pinocchio Frog
‘Spike-Nosed Tree Frog’ is the Pinocchio Frog’s other name. A team from Conservation International and the National Geographic Society discovered it in the year 2008, in the Foja Mountains of Papua Province in Indonesia.
The Pinocchio Frog remained unnamed since its discovery in 2008. The Pinnochio From gained its scientific name in 2019, which was Litoria Pinocchio.
When a male Pinocchio Frog tries to attract a female or senses danger, its elongated, Pinocchio-like nose points upward.
#4. Blue-Footed Booby
There are three species of Blue-Footed Booby in Galapagos. And the Blue-footed boobies is just one of them. Blue-footed boobies are large, distinctive birds. Usually, they are along the Eastern Pacific coastline where they often nest on small islands with rocky coasts.
Its name is from the Spanish word ‘bobo’. It means foolish or clown, due to their clumsy movement on land. The most distinct feature of the blue-footed booby is its large blue feet (of course!). Aside from being a cute feature, these blue feet play an important role in courtship.
Female blue-footed boobies select males with brighter feet. In short, scientists thought that female species used it as an indicator of the males’ overall condition. Thus, showing their good quality genes.
#5. Snub-Nosed Monkey
You can find the Snub-Nosed Monkey in the highland forests of central China and northern Vietnam. They have a broad, short face with wide-set slanting eyes and a short, flat nose with forward-facing nostrils.
The snub-nosed monkey has 5 species: the golden snub, gray snub, Myanmar snub, Tonkin snub, and Yunnan snub-nosed monkey. The snub-nosed monkey is the rarest primate in the world. Unfortunately, most of its species belong to the critically endangered species on the planet.
#6. Nosy Monkey
“Bekantan” is the common name of the nosy monkey in Indonesia. They are an Old World monkey. They have a large nose, a reddish-brown skin color, and a long tail. You can find nosy monkeys on the island of Borneo. Mostly, in the mangrove forests and on the coastal areas of the island.
#7. Pink Handfish
This Pink Handfish is one of 14 other species of fish with hand-like fins. Handfish are actually anglerfish. They are unique because they move by walking on the seafloor instead of swimming. It is a sad fact that at present, 9 out of the 14 species are already in danger of extinction.
#8. Vampire Deer
The Hydropotes Inermis is more known as the water deer. They are native to China and Korea and has two subspecies: the Chinese water deer and the Korean water deer. Chinese water deer are harmless. It is because of the fangs why they are called ‘vampire’ deers.
#9. Dumbo Octopus
The Dumbo Octopus’ name “dumbo” actually originates from their resemblance to the Disney character’s 1941 film “Dumbo”. Their name is a result of their ear-like fin, which extends from the mantle above each eye.
As extreme looking as they can be, Dumbo octopuses are actually extreme in nature. They live at extreme depths in oceans around the world—up to 13,000 feet below the surface—and are the deepest-living octopuses known. They feed on snails, worms, and other creatures they hoover up from the ocean floor.
#10. Cabbage Patch
Nembrotha Cristata is a species of colorful sea slug. This species of sea slug is black with green markings. Adults Cabbage Patch is just around 50 mm in length, so you don’t actually need to worry about them. You can usually find the Nembrotha Cristata in the tropical Indo-West Pacific Ocean.
So do you know other creatures or animals that can actually pop your eye out? Share with us in the comments below.