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40 Animals You May Not Have Known Existed (Part I).

Sea Pig.

Scotoplanes live on deep ocean bottoms, specifically on the abyssal plain in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean, typically at depths of over 1000 meters. They are deposit feeders, and obtain food by extracting organic particles from deep-sea mud.

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Okapi.

This mammal is native to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. Despite the zebra-like stripes, it is actually more closely related to giraffes.

Okapi

Thorny Dragon.

Colored in camouflaging shades of desert browns, this lizard has a “false” head, which he presents to his predators by dipping the real one.

Thorny Dragon

Shoebill.

This large stork-like bird gets its name because of the shape of its beak. Even though it was already known to ancient Egyptians and Arabs, the bird was only classified in the 19th century.

Shoebill

Indian Purple Frog.

Found in India, this species of frog have a bloated body and an unusually pointy snout; it only spends two weeks a year on the surface of earth, leaving the underground for mating.

Indian Purple Frog

The Blue Parrotfish.

This bright blue fish can be found in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and spends 80% of its time searching for food.

The Blue Parrotfish

The Bush Viper.

Being a carnivore predator, the Bush Viper lives up in the trees of the tropical forests of Africa, and does most of its hunting at night.

The Bush Viper

The Saiga Antelope.

This saiga, spread around the Eurasian steppe, is known for its an extremely unusual, over-sized, flexible nose structure, the proboscis.

The Saiga Antelope

Glaucus Atlanticus.

Also known as the blue dragon, this creature is a species of blue sea slug. You can find it in warm waters of the oceans. it normally floats on the surface because of a gas-filled sac in its stomach.

Glaucus Atlanticus

The Pacu Fish.

You probably don’t need much explanation as to why the residents of Papua New Guinea call this fish a “ball cutter.” The local fishermen were really worried about the safety of their testicles when they had to get in the water!

The Pacu Fish

Venezuelan Poodle Moth.

Discovered in Venezuela in 2009, this new species of alien-looking moth is still poorly explored. Waiting for more info about them!

Venezuelan Poodle Moth

Hummingbird Hawk-Moth.

As this hawk-moth feeds on flowers and makes a similar humming sound, it looks a lot like a hummingbird. What’s interesting is that it is surprisingly good at learning colors.

Hummingbird Hawk-Moth

Mantis Shrimp.

Also called the “sea locusts“, “prawn killers” and even “thumb splitters”, this is one of the most common predators in tropical and sub-tropical waters; little is known about them because of how much time they spend hiding in their burrows.

Mantis Shrimp

Umbonia Spinosa.

These thorn bugs are related to cicadas, and use their beaks to pierce plant stems to feed upon their sap. Their strange appearance still poses many questions to scientists.

Umbonia Spinosa

Penis Snake.

This, uhm… peculiar eyeless animal is actually called Atretochoana eiselti. It is a large, presumably aquatic, caecilian amphibian with a broad, flat head and a fleshy dorsal fin on the body.

Penis Snake

Thorny-DragonWith an estimate of +- 8.7 million species, it is no wonder that we have so many beautiful creatures on this planet. 

With many species still not discovered, these photos reminds us of how awesome mother nature is and why we have to make it our priority to look after her.

animals you may not existedThe sad reality  is that scientists estimate that between 150 and 200 species of life become extinct every 24 hours

This mass extinction is due, in large measure, to humankind’s unsustainable methods of production and consumption, including the destruction of habitats, expanding cities, pollution, deforestation, global warming and the introduction of “invasive species”.

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Maria Susana Diaz

I like nature, cooking and photography. In my travels between Argentina and Italy I prefer witness through photography environment, natural and gastronomic riches.

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