Top 10 weirdest animals in the world
The strangest animals in the world all happen to be fairly unattractive, but some of them are still kind of cute in a way. So let’s look at the weirdest animals on Earth, in no particular order.
1. Aye Aye
This scary-looking animal lives in Madagascar and it is the world’s largest nocturnal primate. Aye aye has a special technique for food hunting: it taps on trees until it finds larvae, gnaws a hole in the wood, and inserts its middle finger to pull them out. It likes sweet fruits and plants as well like coconut or sugarcane. This weird animal bears an uncanny resemblance to Gollam from Lord of the Rings.
This sad looking fellow lives in the deep waters of Australia and Tasmania (depths between 600–1,200 m). Its flesh is primarily a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water. It allows blobfish to float above the sea floor without any energy loss. Lack of muscle is not a disadvantage because it is not really necessary for them as they feed on anything edible that floats past. This weird animal always looks as if it was having a bad day.
3. Yeti crab
Yeti crab or formally known as Kiwa hirsuta was only discovered in 2005. It lives deep within the South Pacific Ocean. It is approximately 15 cm long and has strongly reduced eyes without pigments. Its hairy pincers contain filamentous bacteria which may be used to detoxify the water around the hydrothermal vents where it lives. This animal looks so strange that I wouldn’t have guessed at first that it was an animal at all.
4. Hairy frogfish
Hairy frogfish or anglerfish is known of its worm-like lure. It is not easy to detect because of its perfect camouflage. It is found mainly in Indonesia (Sulawesi, Bali), in the Philippines (Negros), in Borneo (Mabul) and many more dive areas. It’s not only one of the strangest animals, it also looks as unfriendly as one can be.
5. Philippine tarsier
They get their name from the extremely long tarsus bones in their feet. Their eyes are also really extreme: each eyeball is approximately 16 mm in diameter and is as large as its entire brain! Their fingers are elongated: the third finger being about the same length as the upper arm. These weird creatures can perform athletic movements when they catch birds in mid flight while leaping from tree to tree. Probably the cutest one of the weirdest animals on the planet.
6. Star nosed mole
The star nosed mole lives in Canada and the north-eastern part of the United States. It’s not a big animal, the adults’ length is about 15-20 cm. It eats clams, snails, small rodents, mollusks and worms. It get its name from its extreme nose: 22 nose tentacles help the mole to find food. This strange animal looks a lot like a casualty of an explosion who has just lost his head.
Axolotl or Axolotl or Ambystoma mexicanum is a species of mexican mole salamander. The axolotl’s larvae fail to undergo metamorphosis so the adults remained gilled and aquatic. It is originated from the lake that underlies Mexico City. Scientists often use them in different researches because their ability to regenerate most body parts. They are kept as pets mainly in Japan, Australia, the United States and Great Britain but in other countries as well. Looks kind of cute for a weird water creature.
8. Long-eared jerboa
This nocturnal, mouse-like rodent lives in the Palearctic ecozone, mainly in Mongolia, the Takla-Makan Desert and north-western China. Its length is between 7 and 9 cm, its tail is 15-16 cm long. It has extremely large ears and long hind legs for jumping. It may not be the weirdest animal on the planet, but most probably the owner of the largest ears in proportion of the body.
9. Sea pig or Scotoplanes
Sea pigs live in deep oceans all around the world, except the northern part of the Atlantic ocean and the eastern part of the Pacific ocean. Their length is between 5 and 10 cm. They have a few long tube feets and ten tentacles. They extract organic particles from deep-sea mud and eat them. This strange animal looks like utters detached from a cow.
10. Proboscis monkey
This long-nosed fellow lives in Borneo. It is a big species: 60-70 cm, male specimens can measure 23 kg, females only about half that size. They live high in the trees and go onto land only occasionally to search for food. Proboscis monkeys eat mainly leaves, seeds, and unripe fruits, but sometimes eat insects as well. This strange animal has the face of an unfriendly bureucrat.