Beautiful, Interesting and Ooo Shiny! Images From Various Places

Strange & Crazy Animals!

Location: Indonesia
Camera Info: Fuji Finepix A303 • Automatic Point & Shoot
ISO 100 • f 2.8 • 1/680 sec

“Is that a purple crab?” my friend asked, looking over our balcony. Sure enough, a solid purple crab was clinging to the side of the building near the water. Indonesia is one of several countries that sports these colorful critters. The babies (pictured above) start with some orange on them as well before they turn all purple. So it made me wonder, what other fun animal species can I find around the world that would deserve a second glance?

We’ve probably all heard of the platypus, sloth, alpaca, angora rabbit, komondor dog, and red panda, creatures that have ended up on pretty much every list of odd animals. But here’s some more:

  • More crabs! The white & hairy yeti crab (South Pacific) & ginormous giant coconut crab (Guam) are good examples.
  • The Mexican axoloxl salamander (Wooper Rooper) is so weird it’s kind of cute, so many people keep them as pets.
  • The aye-aye is a type of lemur from Madagascar.
  • If I ever met a star-nosed mole, I don’t know if I’d laugh of be creeped out. They live in Canada and the NE United States.
  • The leafy sea dragon lives up to its name by looking just like seaweed. Good luck telling it apart!
  • What can I say about the tapir? It’s just weird-looking, and inhabits jungles on three continents.
  • The hagfish is pretty much disgusting. It escapes predators by oozing goo (which can even kill itself sometimes).
  • The dumbo octopus got its name due to the “ears” (fins) hanging off what looks like its head. Unlike Dumbo, however, it’s very tiny.
  • The frill-necked lizard looks like it came straight out of Jurassic Park, but it’s actually from Australia.
  • Here’s a blobfish. They pretty much look like their name, and they hang out in very deep water around Australia & Tasmania, so you probably won’t see one while taking a dip in the lake.
  • I can’t think of the African shoebill without thinking about this video. You’re welcome.
  • And last but not least, NARWHALS!!!!! Yes, they’re real.

What’s the strangest animal you’ve ever seen?

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