Here is a small collection of strange animals you may have never heard of, let alone see one.

- Ruata Lungchuang 

The stray feather of the sea

The feather stars are a group of marine animals from the Crinoirid family. Crinoids are characterised by a mouth on the top surface that is surrounded by feeding arms.

Photo: Dune Atlastis

These creatures move around by flapping their feather-like tentacles. Beautiful as they may come, their anus is located next to their mouth, Ewww.

Plastic monkey

Photo: China Icons

Snub-nosed monkey or plastic Monkey as some people like to call it, looks like a creature that had a very bad nose job but with a scrumptious Angelina Julie Lips.

Photo: Monkeyland.com.za

Snub-nosed monkeys inhabit mountain forests of Eastern Asia up to a height of 4,000 m, in the winter moving into the deeply secluded regions. They spend the majority of their life in the trees. Although beautiful in their own way, these monkeys are becoming increasingly rare and may soon become endangered.

The family jewel of the sea

That’s 9 inches for sure

There is no denying the fact that Geoduck clam looks like the Human Penis. Unlike most clams that sit on sands, these giant Clams lives underground, using their familiar  looking siphon to suck water, filtering in any small creatures unlucky enough to be traumatised before being eaten.

You may laugh at it all you want, but these clams are a delicacy and are in fact highly sought after. Why am I not surprised?

The mutant Deer-bunny

The strange looking Patagonia Mara may look like a Rabbit-Deer hybrid to most people, but they are neither of the two. These creatures are actually more closely related to the Guinea Pigs than to Bunnies or Deers.

Patagonian Maras live in open and semi-open habitats in Argentina including large parts of Patagonia. It is monogamous but often breeds in warrens that are shared by several pairs.

Fairy Elephant

The Elephant Shrew is a cute insect-eating mammal that is found only in Africa. They’re also known as sengis and aren’t related to shrews at all but are a species on their own.

Photo: peoarizoo.org

They were named Elephant Shrew because of their elongated nose that resembles the trunk of an elephant. But get this, Scientist recently found out that the Elephant Shrew is actually distantly related to Elephants. They’d make great additions to Tinker Bell’s Fairy Army.

A case of ugly cousin story

Asian Peafowls are probably most well-known for their beauty and their elegance. But did you know? in Africa, there is another species of Peafowl called the Congo Peafowl that does not look nearly as magnificent as its Asian cousins.

Congo Peacocks do not possess the extravagant tail feathers like their Asian counterparts and looks more like aristocratic Turkeys than real Peacocks. Africa is known for it's myriad of beautiful creatures, but it really did this bird dirty. Regardless, the Congo Peafowl is a beautiful bird in its own way, and it does not need the opinion of a fat Asian dude in his late 20’s. You go, Congo Peafowl, don't let anyone judge you! 

Smiley underpants

The Hawaiian Happy Face Spider is another example of going too far in the name of safety and survival. Scientists believe that this tiny critter actually had its butt evolved to look like a smiling human face just to confuse predators, which is ironic because it actually sends off the ‘come hither’ signal to it's most dangerous predators i.e humans.

If the Hawaiian happy face Spider was a person, he’d be the kind of guy you would want to have as a friend on Facebook but not in real life.

Sea Unicorn

Photo: dhopkins.umwblogs.org

Narwhale or Narwhal is a species of small toothed whale that possesses large tusk from a protruding canine tooth. They are found predominantly in the Arctic circle, around Greenland, Canada, and Russia.

Photo: revistaepets.com

Because of their horn like tusk that appears to protrude out from their head, they are given the nickname 'the Unicorn of the sea'. But scientist aren't sure if these unicorns are as fabulous as our modern land Unicorns.

The Airplane Fish
 Photo: National Wildlife Federation

The not so elegantly named Flying Fish is a type of fish that flies. The End.

No seriously, these species of fish flies. Okay, technically speaking, they don’t exactly fly, but they glide, how cool is that?   Flying fish can make powerful, self-propelled leaps out of the water into the air, where their long, wing-like fins enable gliding flight for considerable distances above the water’s surface. This uncommon ability is a natural defense mechanism to evade predators. Hawaiian Smiley Spider should take some survival strategy advice from these fishes. Flying fish are present throughout the warm tropical waters in all of the Oceans.
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