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24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don’t Know Of

Life on Earth abounds comprehension. There are a seemingly infinite variety of species and when added to the millennia it has existed for, evolution yields some extraordinary animals. From unicorns to Bigfoot, humans fantasize some pretty odd creatures too, so much so that we often miss the truly unique ones living around us. Out of the 8.7 million estimated animal species living on Earth, we have only discovered a measly 1.2 million of them. Many are so foreign to us that they might seem unbelievable or unreal, though I can assure you, all of these animals are truly alive in nature. Here are some of the strangest creatures we have discovered so far:

Lamprey – Native to the Mediterranean and North Atlantic, they are a jawless fish that has a heavily toothed funnel-shaped mouth.

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo Credit: T. Lawrence, Great Lakes Fishery Comission

Jerboa – A desert hopping rodent that lives in Africa. This little guy can run up to 15 miles per hour!

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo Credit: Cooper Lab, UC San Diego

Harpy Eagle – With a wingspan of seven feet, these giant birds fly with great agility through the rain forests of Central America.

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Image posted by Animal Planet

Red Lipped Batfish – Appearing to have a thick coating of red lipstick, this trait is used to attract a female mate.

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo by: Birgitte Wilms, National Geographic

Moschus or Musk Deer – Native to southern Asia, this deer naturally produces a chemical used to treat strokes and seizures.

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo by: Николай Усик, Live Journal

Geoduck – Pronounced “Gooey Duck” is an exceedingly large edible mollusk. It is explained to taste like a very sweet, delicate, and crunchy clam.

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo by: Naomi Tomky, Pinterest

Axolotl – an amphibious salamander native to Mexico. They are extremely endangered due to pollution in their habitat.

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo by: Alberta Axolotls, Facebook

Okapi – Half Zebra? Not at all. Surprisingly, its closest relative is the giraffe.

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo Credit: Maryland Zoo

Bearing Treehopper – How evolution came up with this, no one is sure, but its eyes are the green balls near its front legs.

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo Credit: Andreas Kay, Flickr

Star Nose Mole – Commonly found in North America, its nose has more than 25,000 sensory receptors.

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo Credit: Kenneth Catania, National Geographic

Maned Wolf – This pups controls a territory of over 12 square miles and stands at just over three feet tall.

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo Credit: Anan Kaewkhammul, Shutterstock

Blobfish – Most likely the ugliest thing to ever come out of the sea, this fish lives at a depth of around 3,000 feet.

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo Credit: @Austmus, Youtube

Atretochoana – Do not worry, it is just a rare species of amphibian. Not much is known about them other than they do not have lungs and breath through their skin.

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo Credit: Matt Roper, Mongabay

Long-Watteled Umbrellabird – The wattle that males carry on their necks can extend to the full length of its body.

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo Credit: Lars Petersson, The Internet Bird Collection

Hickory Horned Devil – This terrifying caterpillar turns into a surprisingly beautiful moth later in its life.

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo Credit: Mcevan, Wikimedia Commons

Saiga Antelope – Native to Europe and Asia, over the last 15 years more than 95% of this strange antelope’s population has declined.

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo Credit: Andre Giljov, Creative Commons

Tarsier – The hilariously large eyes of this lemur-like animal grant it stellar night vision.

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo Credit: Tarsier, Encyclopedia Britannica

Deep Sea Viperfish – Putting the Blobfish to shame, this gold and clear fish lives at 9,000 feet deep.

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo Credit: Fine Art America

Water Opossum – Native to Central and South America, this big footed creature enjoys living on river banks eating shrimp and fish.

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo Credit: @DPHocking, Twitter

Venezuelan Poodle Moth – Only recently discovered, it is fluffy and soft like a poodle!

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo Credit: @__PI, Reddit

Glaucus Atlanticus – This beautiful slug floats upside-down through the worlds oceans.

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo Credit: Taro Taylor, Flickr

Japanese Spider Crab – With a leg span of 13 feet, it is sure to feed one large family.

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo Credit: Top 10 In The World, Youtube

Sea Pen – Closely related to coral, there are over 450 species that scatter the sea floor.

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo Credit: Nick Hobgood, Wiktionary

Blue-Footed Booby – Named after its vibrant blue feet, this eye catching bird is native to the Eastern Pacific.

24 Unusual Animals On Earth That You Probably Don't Know Of
Photo Credit: Joel Sartore, National Geographic

Out of the 1.2 million discovered species so far, there certainly are some funky and unique animals in this world. Imagine what is to come of the 7.5 million waiting to be discovered! Most of these animals seem unreal party due to the fact that we are not often exposed to them. Only through a lot of exposure does an animal become familiar and ordinary appearing to us. What animal in this list was your favorite?

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