Today I learned about these 20 cool creatures. Have you ever heard of them before?
There are so many creatures I’ve never heard of before. There are a trillion species on our amazing planet, and each continent has its animals, birds, or fish. Besides, researchers still discover hundreds of new species every year! So, don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard of the animals in this gallery. I haven’t either.
1. The Blobfish
This funny-looking fish lives in the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania, Zealand. Its body is gelatinous and it looks like a normal fish in water. The blobfish only looks droopy when you take it out of the sea due to pressure changing.
2. The Venezuelan Poodle Moth
As its name suggests, this insect can be seen in Venezuela. Due to the fur covering its body, this fluffy moth looks like a tiny poodle.
3. The Red-Lipped Batfish
Looking good, Ma’am! This fish doesn’t need any lipstick because it was born like this. The Red-Lipped Batfish can be found on the Galapagos Islands and it just walks on the bottom of the ocean, because it’s a very bad swimmer. Oh well. At least you’re pretty.
4. The Sunda Colugo
Also known as the Sunda Flying Lemur, Sunda Colugo is neither a lemur or a flyer. They are gliding mammals mostly active at night and can be found in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.
5. The Blue Parrotfish
This cool fish has such a beautiful color! You can find it in shallow water in the tropical and subtropical parts of the western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
6. The Fossa
Is it a cat? Is it a dog? Is it a lion or a puma? Even though it resembles a cat, the fossa is a separate species. This mammal lives in Madagascar and it’s a carnivore predator known to feed on lemurs, wild pigs, mice, or whatever creature it catches. Unlike cats, it’s not very picky.
7. The Panda Ant
The panda ant is neither an ant nor a panda. It does look like both, though. This insect is actually a wingless wasp with a sting that’s been reported as unbearably painful. Their sting is said to be able to kill a cow, but there isn’t any scientific data to support this, so that’s probably just a myth.
8. The Honduran White Bat
These adorable fluffy balls are Honduran white bats that live in leaf tents they make themselves. They only eat fruits, and you can see them in Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and western Panama.
9. The Saiga Antelope
This cool animal is a critically endangered antelope that used to inhabit a vast area of the Eurasian steppe. Sadly, nowadays you can only find it in Russia and Kazakhstan.
10. The Maned Wolf
This wolf resembling a fox is neither a fox nor a wolf. Can you believe it? The maned wolf is a large canine that lives in South America.
11. The Narwhal
Check out this amazing water unicorn! The narwhal is a medium-sized whale with a large “tusk”. It lives in the Arctic waters around Greenland, Canada, and Russia and it’s part of the same family as the beluga whale.
12. The Shoebill
This interesting creature is a very large bird with a huge shoe-shaped bill that lives in tropical east Africa in large swamps from South Sudan to Zambia.
13. Silkie Chicken
Check out this fluffy breed of chicken. This birds’ plumage is said to feel like silk and satin, but that’s not their only unusual quality. They also have 5 toes on each foot, black skin and bones, and blue earlobes. Also, unlike other hens and roosters I’ve met, the silkies are said to be very friendly and docile.
14. The Axolotl
Also known as the Mexican walking fish, the axolotl is not a fish, but an amphibian. It’s related to the tiger salamander and it can be found in several lakes, as Lake Xochimilco underlying Mexico City. These cute creatures are used in scientific research because they have the unique ability to regenerate limbs.
15. The Proboscis Monkey
The Proboscis Monkey is a large monkey with a large nose that only lives on the southeast Asian island of Borneo.
16. The Pangolins
These cool-looking creatures also known as scaly anteaters are mammals found in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. They have large protective keratin scales and long tongues used for catching and eating ants and termites. The pangolin is the world’s most trafficked mammal, for its meat and scales, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine.
17. The Seneca White Deer
The Seneca white deer are a rare herd of deer living within the confines of the former Seneca Army Depot in Seneca County, New York. When the 10,600-acre depot was created in 1941, a 24-mile fence was built around its perimeter, isolating a small herd of white-tailed deer, some of which had white coats. These deer are not albino, but instead, carry a set of recessive genes for all-white coats.
18. The Gemsbok
The Gemsbok or the South African oryx is a large antelope native to the arid regions of Southern Africa, such as the Kalahari Desert. Gemsboks have spectacular horns, which sadly, they are widely hunted for.
19. The Puss Caterpillar
The larva of the puss moth is covered in long hair, making it resemble a very tiny Persian cat. It can be found on trees like oak, elm, or wild plum, and many garden plants such as roses and ivy. You can spot it throughout the Eastern United States, the southern United States, Mexico, and parts of Central America.
20. The Wolffish
Also known as sea wolves, the wolffish live in the cold waters of the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. They have strong teeth which they mostly use to eat clams and shells on the bottom of the ocean.