9 Unreal Animals You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Now, how many animal species do you know? Fifty? A hundred? Or even more? Well, according to some scientific researches, there are almost 9 million of them! It’s no wonder then we do not know all of them but still – there are creatures out there you certainly won’t believe even exist. Check out 9 of the most unreal animals on Earth. Caution: Not all of them are cute and sweet.

Scotoplanes

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Commonly known as sea pigs, these little deep sea animals live on ocean bottoms, typically at depths of over 0.6 miles (0.965 Kilometers). Scotoplanes are deposit feeders, and obtain food by extracting organic particles from deep-sea mud.

Goblin shark

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Sometimes called a “living fossil”, the goblin shark is the only extant representative of the family Mitsukurinidae. It is usually between 10 and 13 feet (100.58m)long when mature but since it lives at depths of 330 feet and more, it does not pose any danger to humans.

Abyssinian ground hornbill

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Abyssinian ground hornbill (also called northern grand hornbill) is an African bird found north of the equator. The male has a red throat pouch and the female has a blue throat pouch. Modified feathers form long eyelashes, which protect their eyes from dust.

Ground pangonil

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This odd mammal, native to Africa, is covered with extremely hard scales. When threatened, it will usually roll up into a ball thus protecting its vulnerable belly. Capable of walking on two legs, the ground pangolin walks on its hindlegs when searching for food while using its forelegs and tail for balance.

Striated frogfish

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This small fish, just about 8 – 9 inches (20.32 to 22.86 Centimeters) long, has the capacity to change coloration and pigment pattern. The first dorsal spine of the frogfish tips forward and is used as fishing rod. Its tip has a characteristic worm-like lure which, when waved, attracts unsuspecting prey.

Tufted Deer

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This small species of deer is found in central China, and known for the tuft of dark hair on their foreheads. Funny, one would think they might be known for their huge Dracula fangs.

Pink Fairy Armadillo

With its shielded head and torso, this 4-inch nocturnal pink armadillo uses those crazy claws to basically swim through sand just below the surface.

Fossa

Like a small cougar, the fossa is the largest carnivorous mammal on the island of Madagascar. Their retractable claws allow them to climb up trees and just as easily run back down them head-first.

Gerenuk

This long-necked species of antelope, also called the Waller’s Gazelle, is found in East Africa. Their long legs and necks enable them to reach higher branches for food. They also make them incredibly (and awkwardly) cute.

The world is full of mysterious (and totally awesome) creatures…

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