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Guianan Cock-of-the-rock

At first glance, this bird is truly bizarre. Its feathery crest obscures its beak, making it appear mouthless. They live in the humid forests of South America and use boulders or rocky caves for breeding (hence their name).
Like the sage-grouse, these birds breed with a lek system. The males all group up, each with his own area, called a “court.” When a female visits a court, the male shows off his plumage for her in the hope that she’ll choose him as a mate.

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Mexican mole lizard

The enigmatic Mexican mole lizard burrows underground, completely unaware of the terrifying tales told of it above ground. Some people believe it will enter a person’s body if they squat down to relieve themselves, but this isn’t true.
With only two front legs and no melanin to protect their skin from the sun, Mexican mole lizards only emerge from the soil in the late evening. They have trouble getting around when above ground. As much as people may be freaked out by them, they’re perfectly happy in the ground and out of sight.

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On 6/25/2020 at 4:04 PM, xTiffAngelx said:

Guianan Cock-of-the-rock

At first glance, this bird is truly bizarre. Its feathery crest obscures its beak, making it appear mouthless. They live in the humid forests of South America and use boulders or rocky caves for breeding (hence their name).
Like the sage-grouse, these birds breed with a lek system. The males all group up, each with his own area, called a “court.” When a female visits a court, the male shows off his plumage for her in the hope that she’ll choose him as a mate.

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Love it. Strange but beautiful.

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On 6/25/2020 at 4:10 PM, xTiffAngelx said:

Mexican mole lizard

The enigmatic Mexican mole lizard burrows underground, completely unaware of the terrifying tales told of it above ground. Some people believe it will enter a person’s body if they squat down to relieve themselves, but this isn’t true.
With only two front legs and no melanin to protect their skin from the sun, Mexican mole lizards only emerge from the soil in the late evening. They have trouble getting around when above ground. As much as people may be freaked out by them, they’re perfectly happy in the ground and out of sight.

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Great entry. Totally bizarre looking. Not having encountered this beauty, I might just freak out if I saw one. It's like Mother Nature couldn't make up its mind on whether to create a lizard, a snake, or a worm - so she fused them together. 👍

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On 6/24/2020 at 7:44 PM, Juuth28 said:

Wow, that's pretty intrueging! I'm deff putting some.good research skills to use tomorrow, i wanna know lol!

Here's another one i have actually observes a lot while doing internships and animal care studies...

Naked mole-rat or sand puppy. They love in Eastern Africa and survive mostly Underground in very harsh environments. They are closely related to the Blesmole. Damaraland mole-rats and Naked mole-rats are the only eusocial mammals known on the entire planet, which is the highest classificatie of sociality. Meaning they're more social than a group of ants! Because they don't see any sunlight and live in complete darkness, these animals are both deaf and blind as any sound would echo through their caves and make them deaf anyway. They also don't communicatie by sound but by smell (they stink... Horribly, haha). They love in large groups in sandy tunnels, much like ants and have a similar hierarchy in regards to which mole carries good, which ones care for the offspring, which takes care of dead moles, etc. They're highly intelligent too and can adjust to any New given taks when another mole fietsmand needs to be replaced. They're fascinating little creatures!

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I like sand puppy. Cute little stinker. 🤣

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@xTiffAngelxThe sage-grouse's face is a bit on the strange side. I zoom in on it and at first I wasn't even sure I was looking at the face. 🤣

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6 hours ago, ArcticThunder said:

@xTiffAngelxThe sage-grouse's face is a bit on the strange side. I zoom in on it and at first I wasn't even sure I was looking at the face. 🤣

I didn’t really believe what I was seeing when I found that one. It looks like it’s got the ability to inflate its ‘boobs’ ha ha

Takes all types I guess...

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On 6/25/2020 at 11:04 PM, xTiffAngelx said:

Guianan Cock-of-the-rock

At first glance, this bird is truly bizarre. Its feathery crest obscures its beak, making it appear mouthless. They live in the humid forests of South America and use boulders or rocky caves for breeding (hence their name).
Like the sage-grouse, these birds breed with a lek system. The males all group up, each with his own area, called a “court.” When a female visits a court, the male shows off his plumage for her in the hope that she’ll choose him as a mate.

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Looks unique and weird at the same time.

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On 6/25/2020 at 11:10 PM, xTiffAngelx said:

Mexican mole lizard

The enigmatic Mexican mole lizard burrows underground, completely unaware of the terrifying tales told of it above ground. Some people believe it will enter a person’s body if they squat down to relieve themselves, but this isn’t true.
With only two front legs and no melanin to protect their skin from the sun, Mexican mole lizards only emerge from the soil in the late evening. They have trouble getting around when above ground. As much as people may be freaked out by them, they’re perfectly happy in the ground and out of sight.

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Oh wow I think we found our alien lol😂

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6 hours ago, Darzen Rodrigues said:

Oh wow I think we found our alien lol😂

I know seriously looks like Alien! I mean, is it a lizard or is it a snake???!!!

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The Shrikes

Written by Joseph Arctic Thunder 

I love these crazy birds. 😁

Shrikes are notorious for catching insects and small animals and impaling their bodies on thorns, barbed-wire fences, or anything with a sharp point.

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This helps them to rip apart the flesh into smaller pieces. It also serves as a kind of storage for the shrike to munch on later on. Scientists believes that this behaviour of impaling insects serves as an adaptation to eating the toxic grasshoppers. The bird would first impales the insect and then waits for 1–2 days for the toxins to degrade - a crazy form of marinating meat. Lol!

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STARGAZER FISH

WHITEMARGIN STARGAZER
Uranoscopus sulphureus

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Whitemargin Stargazers are usually found buried in the sand or mud with only their crazy eyes peeking out. Nature has designed the Stargazers with eyes that are directly aimed overhead, making them efficient hunters.
They wait patiently buried under the sand for their prey to swim over them and with their  "fishing lure" in their mouths, (yes a natural fishing lure) it draws the attention of their victim.

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The stargazer then pops out of the sand onto the unsuspecting prey.
 

 

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2 hours ago, ArcticThunder said:

STARGAZER FISH

WHITEMARGIN STARGAZER
Uranoscopus sulphureus

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Whitemargin Stargazers are usually found buried in the sand or mud with only their crazy eyes peeking out. Nature has designed the Stargazers with eyes that are directly aimed overhead, making them efficient hunters.
They wait patiently buried under the sand for their prey to swim over them and with their  "fishing lure" in their mouths, (yes a natural fishing lure) it draws the attention of their victim.

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The stargazer then pops out of the sand onto the unsuspecting prey.
 

 

Reminds me of Rick and Morty for some reason....

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Helmeted hornbill

This unreal-looking bird is actually critically endangered because people just can’t get enough of the horn on its bill. The weird part of this bird’s head is called a “casque”; people hunt the birds for their casques, which they then carve into art and jewellery. 
Helmeted hornbills use their casques to fight each other midair over fig trees and territories in the forests of Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, it’s made them a target for poachers. Starting in 2011, 6,000 birds were killed per year to feed the demand in China.

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Red-lipped batfish

If you’ve ever wondered what a fish would look like with a pair of those large, waxy candy lips, well, here you go. As much as you might try to tell this bizarre animal to turn its frown upside down, it will continue to stare at you with droopy lips.

To add to its oddities, the red-lipped batfish stands on the ocean floor with its fins acting like legs. It isn’t the best swimmer, but it does use the strange protruding horn on its forehead to apparently attract prey.

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Portuguese man o’ war

The Portuguese man o’ war is a bizarre creature. In fact, biologists know it as several creatures in one — it’s known as an aggregate animal that is made up of many smaller organisms working together. But other than its bizarre appearance and biological makeup, the thing is deadly.

While it might look like a jellyfish, the thing is most certainly not. However, it can sting like a jellyfish. Moreover, these stings have been known on occasion to kill. So if you’re swimming off the shores of Florida, where they sometimes wash ashore, you might want to watch out for this bad boy.

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Venezuelan Poodle Moth
Discovered in Venezuela in 2009, this new species of alien-looking moth has poodle-like fur covering its head, thorax, abdomen, and even its wings.

I think it looks like a real life Pokemon!

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Dumbo Octopus

Dumbo octopus is an umbrella octopus found all around the world. Its name comes from Disney's "Dumbo" because of the creature's ears bearing similarity to the movies' title character.

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Macropinna Microstoma

Macropinna microstoma is a species of fish that lives at a depth of about 600 metres (2,000 ft) to 800 metres (2,600 ft), hanging nearly motionless in the water. It is quite unusual with a transparent, fluid-filled dome on its head, through which the lenses of its eyes can be seen.

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Atretochoana Eiselti Or 'Penis Snake'
Atretochoana eiselti is a species of caecilian with a broad, flat head and a fleshy dorsal fin on the body. Although it is not a snake, it's been called a 'penis snake' in the media.

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11 hours ago, xTiffAngelx said:

Helmeted hornbill

This unreal-looking bird is actually critically endangered because people just can’t get enough of the horn on its bill. The weird part of this bird’s head is called a “casque”; people hunt the birds for their casques, which they then carve into art and jewellery. 
Helmeted hornbills use their casques to fight each other midair over fig trees and territories in the forests of Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, it’s made them a target for poachers. Starting in 2011, 6,000 birds were killed per year to feed the demand in China.

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I must say I have never heard of this one. It looks prehistoric. 👍👍

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Just now, ArcticThunder said:

I must say I have never heard of this one. It looks prehistoric. 👍👍

Looks terrifying!!

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17 minutes ago, xTiffAngelx said:

Macropinna Microstoma

Macropinna microstoma is a species of fish that lives at a depth of about 600 metres (2,000 ft) to 800 metres (2,600 ft), hanging nearly motionless in the water. It is quite unusual with a transparent, fluid-filled dome on its head, through which the lenses of its eyes can be seen.

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I knew about this one. It's looks like something out of a Disney movie.

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1 minute ago, ArcticThunder said:

I knew about this one. It's looks like something out of a Disney movie.

It looks a bit like a cartoon submarine. The clear globe of its head could be the cock pit... I can imagine little people piloting it from there...

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The Surge Wrasse

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The surgewrasse or Thalassoma purpureum  is a species of wrasse native to the southeast Atlantic Ocean through the Indian and  Pacific Oceans, where it inhabits reef and rocky coastlines in areas of heavy wave action.

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It is normally found in depths of less than 10 metres (33 ft). 
It lives in females groups which are spread out over large areas of reef and which are dominated by a few males which grow much larger than females. It is a carnivorous species which preys on small invertebrates such as crabs and small fishes.
It is a protogynous hermaphrodite, females change sex to become males. 

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This unique ability along with its colours makes this animal and easy contender for the strange classification.

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