PDA

View Full Version : Bizarre creatures!


spacebug
02-09-2011, 02:16 PM
There's a whole bunch of these "10 most something somethings"...meh, not interactive enough. Lets make our own list of

As Many As We Like Most Bizarre Creatures!

Bristlenose Plecostomus

Why it's bizarre:

Aside from being fantastically ugly (http://www.fishlore.com/Pictures/Profiles/bristlenose-pleco.jpg), the supposed purpose of the bristles is quite bizarre!

The male fish has a cave, it attempts to lure a female into its cave to deposit her eggs, and the male will then guard the eggs as they develop. The female doesn't develop the bristles, only the male does. The theory is that the bristles on the face of the male look rather like baby Bristlenoses. And the female is supposed to be attracted by this.

I'm not sure whether it's supposed to be a "Ooooh, this male must be good and fertile, look at all the babies he's looking after already" or just a generic female "OOOOH BABIES ^_^" reaction, but I have to say that I find the thought of being attracted to a male because he looks like he has babies growing out of his face to be just a little bit strange.

Anglerfish

Why it's strange:

Remember this scary fellow? (http://s3.amazonaws.com/readers/2010/05/10/anglerfishfull300x256_1.jpg)

Actually it's a scary lass. Scientists were puzzled when they started studying this fish because all the specimens they found were exclusively female. Also, they were covered with strange lumps like some kind of parasite or weird warty growth.

Further investigation revealed that the little lumps were actually little fishy gonads.

See, the male Angler fish is born with a very good sense of smell, his purpose in life is to find a female. When he does, he goes "YOMP" and bites onto the side of her. He produces enzymes that digest the skin and fuse their two bodies together. Then he atrophies away until all that is left is a pair of gonads. That way, the female can obtain sperm immediately when she is ready to spawn, and usually from a range of donors! :eek:

Lybia

No not the country. It's a kind of crab. Common names are Boxer Crabs and Pompom Crabs.

Here's why he's called that. (http://www.daveharasti.com/Bali/Tulamben/20%20Boxer%20Crab.jpg)

The Boxer Crab has a mutually beneficial relationship with sea anemones. The sea anemone is actually classified as animal too and is quite bizarre in itself...but anyway, this little crab takes cuttings from this sea anemone and holds one in each claw. When something comes along that the crab thinks might bother it, it shoves the anemones towards the intruder as though it's boxing. "Stay back! I've got anemones and I'm not afraid to use them!" The anemones actually do have a powerful sting that predators will try to avoid.

The crab holds the anemones almost all of the time. It puts them down when it moults, then picks them back up again immediately! Because its claws are holding anemones all the time, it's had to adapt its first set of walking legs to use as feeding arms! It feeds by wafting the anemones about in the water, or mopping them across a surface to catch bits of floating food. It then picks the bigger bits out and eats them, while the anemone digests the smaller pieces. Apparently the anemone does quite well out of the arrangement, getting fed, and transported about, as wiki says "finding new places to eat and mate" O_o

Here's a video of one catching food (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJO5qRF-Uw0)

Also they're supposedly a bit thick. If they don't have an anemone in their claw for some reason, they'll still behave as though they to, shoving their empty claw towards a predator "LOOK! I've got an invisible anemone, keep back!"


Add some more bizarre creatures to this list!

Levi
02-09-2011, 02:24 PM
Nice! That crab is hilarious.

I like the Platypus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platypus) for its strangeness.

It is one of the very very few mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth, and one of the very very few mammals that have poisonous claws.

Its beak is actually a complex sensor of electrical fields that it uses to hunt for prey detecting the electric fields generated by muscle contractions.

joeylawn
02-09-2011, 02:26 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitohui

A poisonous bird.

Relto
02-09-2011, 02:32 PM
Pangolin (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_LbccUVbSRd8/SGPwbQrTKoI/AAAAAAAACLg/Tj9BcyOgxMQ/s400/Pangolin+1.jpg)

Because they're awesome

GejiGeji (http://www.japanprobe.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/geji.jpg) - Do not click if you hate insects. It will crawl into your brain and make you fear the darkness.

AKA Scutigera Centepede
AKA Demon Hellspawn

Why is it Bizzare?

LOOK AT IT!

They get huge too. I can't find the clip on youtube, but there was one on a documentary the size of your arm.

They live in caves though. Usually.


Arachnocampa Luminosa (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNVaRPZTGwI) - Video

Wierd glow worm things that stick to cave rooves and look like a starry sky.

Nautilus (http://cloud.aquaviews.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/Nautilus-Large.jpg)

Living fossils with an awesome name.

joeylawn
02-09-2011, 02:39 PM
GejiGeji (http://www.japanprobe.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/geji.jpg) - Do not click if you hate insects. It will crawl into your brain and make you fear the darkness.


Not anywhere near as creepy as most Spiders IMO.

lROFL_Waffle
02-09-2011, 02:40 PM
A Giraffe-necked weevil (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giraffe_weevil).
Pretty much self-explanatory.

Eriako
02-09-2011, 03:00 PM
Nudibranch (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_xPRJcY91HB4/SsDdFdHo3_I/AAAAAAAAAnw/yAqJ3NZPrxI/s1600-h/toxic-nudibranch-1162744-080109-sw.jpg) because the name sounds silly and the little things are adorable.

Levi
02-09-2011, 03:01 PM
Nudibranch (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_xPRJcY91HB4/SsDdFdHo3_I/AAAAAAAAAnw/yAqJ3NZPrxI/s1600-h/toxic-nudibranch-1162744-080109-sw.jpg) because the name sounds silly and the little things are adorable.

:D I love nudibranches. I used to have one as my desktop wallpaper because they look so cool.

111uminate
02-09-2011, 03:05 PM
Ladies and gentleman, I give you ..

The Pistol Shrimp (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKPrGxB1Kzc). The name implies exactly what it is.

Who_Ate_Mah_Pah
02-09-2011, 03:15 PM
Sums up this thread. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snookie)

Oneironaut
02-09-2011, 05:35 PM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Bird of Paradise. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS1tEnfkk6M)

I love Pangolin and Pistol Shrimp.

spacebug
02-09-2011, 06:20 PM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Bird of Paradise. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS1tEnfkk6M)

I love Pangolin and Pistol Shrimp.

Wow, I love how it end up looking like a bizarre floating face with a giant blue mouth and little eyes! And I can see why the female bird wasn't overly impressed too! :D

Tannekr
02-09-2011, 06:24 PM
I recently just read up on the Thylacine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thylacine). It seemed like a pretty weird animal to me.

It can open its mouth 120 degrees.

:eek:

marie pavie
02-09-2011, 06:41 PM
Icky (http://www.google.com/images?q=eyebrow+mites) !

joeylawn
02-10-2011, 08:22 PM
Bumped for the Moray Eel - specifically it's Jaws. :eek:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moray_eel

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pharyngeal_jaws_of_moray_eels.svg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pharyngeal_jaws

Where have you seen that before? That's right - Aliens. I'd never thought there would be a real animal that had jaws like that!

Larry1212
02-10-2011, 08:32 PM
Nudibranch (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_xPRJcY91HB4/SsDdFdHo3_I/AAAAAAAAAnw/yAqJ3NZPrxI/s1600-h/toxic-nudibranch-1162744-080109-sw.jpg) because the name sounds silly and the little things are adorable.

Looks like a pokemon...

joeylawn
02-10-2011, 08:34 PM
What about a Spacebug? ;) :D

Larry1212
02-10-2011, 08:38 PM
Icky (http://www.google.com/images?q=eyebrow+mites) !

Yeah, those pictures of a guy's nether region infested by mites is quite icky...

Eriako
02-10-2011, 09:17 PM
Gerenuk (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f4/Lightmatter_gerenuk.jpg/250px-Lightmatter_gerenuk.jpg).

Oliolli
02-11-2011, 03:28 AM
These (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunicate) three (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sponge) groups (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cephalochordata)of animals. (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/47/Branchiostoma_lanceolatum.jpg)

The last one is a picture of the last group.

All of those are actual animals.

kippyUK
02-11-2011, 04:59 AM
Damn. (http://www.hemmy.net/2006/03/19/top-10-strangest-animals/)

ggplayer
02-11-2011, 05:54 AM
Ladies and gentleman, I give you ..

The Pistol Shrimp (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKPrGxB1Kzc). The name implies exactly what it is.

Pistol Shrimp used: SONIC BOOM!

It's super effective!

Shrimp fain-NOPE ITS DEAD.

Pistol Shrimp's moves:
Sonic Boom Water Gun
Hydro Pump Bubblebeam

kinase01
02-11-2011, 06:28 AM
Tardigrades (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tardigrade). Hardy little blighters that can survive just about anything. And personally, I think they're quite cute looking.

Kahrandras
02-11-2011, 07:30 AM
bloop from mario

Liquid-Flame DK
02-11-2011, 10:16 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turritopsis_nutricula

It can live forever. No, seriouly.

FyreNL
02-11-2011, 11:10 AM
Yo OP, you should polish it up and send it to cracked.com. They're always looking for writers! :cool:

joeylawn
02-11-2011, 11:31 AM
At the great depths of the ocean near the Galapagos Islands off the coast of South America, Life was found to be thriving around hot spots on the ocean floor. First of all, there's no sunlight down there, so photosythesis is impossible, which is the basis of all life on the surface and in shallower waters. But at certain hot spots (caused by hot magma in the earths' crust), mineral-rich "Black Smokers" spew forth hydrogen sulfide that is used by certian bacteria for what is known as chemosynthesis. Worms and other odd creatures live off this bacteria which form the food web for that local environment.

These creatures basically use a highly poisonous compound, hydrogen sulfide (H2S) as their basis for life.

If any other animal breathed H2S, it would paralyze the nerves from the brain to the lungs that allows you to breathe....

ZackFair
02-11-2011, 02:35 PM
I recently just read up on the Thylacine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thylacine). It seemed like a pretty weird animal to me.

It can open its mouth 120 degrees.

:eek:

The fact that I did the same is creeping me out to a beyond creepy reason. Also the fact that I was going to mention it too is even creepier . :eek:

WHY ARE YOU STEALING MY LIFE!!!

Well, I can't think of anything else so I shall leave this! (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/25/Smalfut.jpg)

It's Bigfoot in case you couldn't figure that out...

nullsquared
02-11-2011, 05:06 PM
Smelly old wasps...

Eriako
02-11-2011, 05:09 PM
I think it'd be cool to have an Andrewsarchus (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_AxRLthAspBw/SwzAkTw425I/AAAAAAAAA4c/p4t9zQpuHhE/s1600/Andrewsarchus1.jpg)mount.

Look how cute and fuzzy the little guy is.

donquixote
02-11-2011, 07:42 PM
I would like a pet nudibranch please. A mutated nudibranch that can breath air! :D

k*nel
02-11-2011, 07:54 PM
nature is awesome.