7. Fangtooth (ogrefish)
This fanghy monster is not a vampire fish, despite it’s sharp fangs, it’s just a monster found in the depths of the seas. They are among the deepest-living fish found as far as 5,000 metres (16,400 feet) down, but the babies live in more shallow waters. Doesn’t it look creepy, well have no fear, despite its looks, this little critter reaches a maximum length of just 16 centimeters (6 inches).
This is what lurks in the waters, but what strange creatures do we find on land?
1. The aye-aye
Odd looking creature, wouldn’t you agree? This strange animal is called an Aye-aye, and you can find it in Madagascar. The furry little critter spends most of its life in rain forest trees, avoiding the grounds where they are easy targets for larger mammals. Unfortunately, in Madagascar, people consider Aye-ayes a bad omen and kill them on spot, believing that their death will bring them fortune. Just look at him… would you kill such a “cute” animal?
2. Emperor Tamarin
Emperor tamarins are found in the southwest Amazon, these weird mustache creatures are 9-10.5 inches in body length, but their tail adds around 15 more inches. They were named like this due to their resemblance to German emperor Wilhelm II (it’s all in the mustache). If you care to see the od creature in real life, all you have to do is visit in east Peru, north Bolivia and also, Acre and Amazonas. You’ll see that it’s very active during the day, and it’s very hard to keep up with this emperor.
Females of this species often have twins. In order to take care of them, she wisely persuades two males to help her, and both babies have a dad who looks after them while mom feeds. Pretty neat, right?
3. Pygmy Marmoset
This tiny strange creature lives in western Brazil, southeastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador, eastern Peru, and northern Bolivia, and it’s one of the smallest primates on Earth. Their length ranges from 14 to 16 centimetres (5.5 to 6.3 in) including their tail, and they weigh a mere 120 grams (4.2 oz). In the wild they live 11-12 years, but in captivity, they can survive up to 20 years or more.
4. Tube-Nosed Bat
The tube-nosed fruit bat is a species taht was recently found during an expedition to Papua New Guinea in 2009. Their strange tube-shaped nostrils help them with their feeding. This species hasn’t been sufficiently documented yet.
5. Star-nosed Mole
This extremely weird creature is called a Star-nosed mole, for no obvious reasons… Just like any other mole, it lives in a perfectly designed network of narrow underground tunnels, feeding with insects and larvae. Its extremely bizarre star shaped nose is highly specialized, and serves as a sensory-motor organ. The odd organ has 11 pairs of fleshy finger-like appendixes also known as tendrils. It has a mush bigger density of receptors than the noses of other moles, its surface is covered with 25,000 receptors called Eimer’s organs. (That makes it about 6 times more sensitive than the human hand, which contains about 17,000 receptors.)
Have a look at the to see how it works.
Written with love and coolness by Marius on February 21, 2012 in Weird Stuff
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