THE TOP TEN Odd Organisms!

Gosh, there are some weird animals out there. And I love them all, I really do – yet I often get asked, which animal on the blog is my favourite? Which one is the weirdest, the craziest, the most outlandish? But like dipping into a box of Favourites, i’ve decided I can’t just have one, I need 10. Forgive me, but I present to you instead my top ten favourites, with lots of pretty pictures. So let’s cut the chinwagging and look some strange stuff.

1. They’re adorable, they’re shiny and some even sport brightly coloured bum flaps. Jumping spiders make up 13% of all spider species but at less than a cm big there’s no need to fear, just get lost in those big dark eyes.

Photo: Jurgen Otto
Photo: Jurgen Otto
Photo: Jurgen Otto
Photo: Jurgen Otto
Photo: Jurgen Otto
Photo: Jurgen Otto

2. A resident of Argentina’s arid deserts, the pink fairy armadillo is almost as rare as real fairies. The smallest armadillo species alive today, these little pink sweeties fit nicely in the palm of a hand.

Photo: Mariella Superina/Paul Vogt
Photo: Mariella Superina/Paul Vogt
Photo: Wikipedia
Photo: Wikipedia

3. This marine snail is a confusing mix. It’s called a flamingo tongue snail, but it really doesn’t look like a flamingo’s tongue – or a snail. The secret is, their hard shells are actually inside them.

Photo: Kevin Bryant
Photo: Kevin Bryant
Photo: Sean Nash
Photo: Sean Nash
Photo: Richard Johnson
Photo: Richard Johnson

4. As silly as this little swimming sausage looks, it’s one tough cookie. Tartigrades, or water bears as they’re more commonly known, are possibly the planet’s hardiest animals. They’re able to withstand extreme heat, cold, pressure, toxic chemicals, radiation, and even conditions in space.

Source: Science Under the Scope
Source: Science Under the Scope
Photo: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Photo: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Photo: Imgur
Photo: Imgur

5. It’s for your own skate, that i’m going to re-introduce you to skate! Closely related to stingrays, these flat and rather freaky looking elasmobranchs, generally prefer much deeper and colder water.

Photo: Joachim S. Müller
Photo: Joachim S. Müller
Photo: NOAA Photo Library
Photo: NOAA Photo Library
Photo: Adrien Sifre
Photo: Adrien Sifre

6. It’s alive! This rock on the outside, guts on the inside is actually a tunicate – named after the tough, non-living tunic it’s encased in. Believe it or not, these bad boys are one of the earliest animals in the chordate line.

Photo: Sergio Majluf
Photo: Sergio Majluf

7. No, that’s not a large decapitated fish head floating past, that’s the whole fish. Mola mola, or ocean sunfish, are huge gentle giants that just happen to be the most fertile fish in the sea too.

Photo: Sandip Bhattacharya
Photo: Sandip Bhattacharya
Photo: Moosealope
Photo: Moosealope
Photo: leonardo4it
Photo: leonardo4it

8. The Chinese soft-shelled turtle still blows my mind. It’s evolved an incredibly unique method for coping with the murky waters it inhabits… it pees through it’s mouth.

Photo: Sek Keung Lo
Photo: Sek Keung Lo
Photo: Sek Keung lo
Photo: Sek Keung Lo
Photo: James Maughn
Photo: James Maughn

9. It might look sweet, but the platypus is actually pretty bad ass. They’re one of only a few species of venomous mammals, and even feature a double headed penis.

Photo by Klaus
Photo by Klaus
Photo: LandLearn NSW
Photo: LandLearn NSW

10.  A pink, flabby shark with a slingshot jaw it shoots out at prey? The Goblin Shark has to be, without a doubt, the coolest shark in the seas.

Photo: Fishes of Australia
Photo: Fishes of Australia
Photo: Fishes of Australia
Photo: Fishes of Australia
Photo: Australian Museum
Photo: Australian Museum

And that’s a wrap! I hope you’ve enjoyed these odd organisms as much as I have. Do you have a favourite? Let me know in the comments, and have a beautiful week!

4 comments

    • I must have watched it a hundred times haha, so unbelievable! And thank you for the kind words, it’s so lovely to hear 😀

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      • Is that relatively common amongst creatures that can expand their jaw, to have the top expand out as well? I’ve seen a few creatures that are able to unhinge their jaw (many snakes can, right?), but I can’t recall many being able to extend out the upper portion.

        Then again, I could be entirely wrong there. I’m not too educated in that area haha.

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      • I’ve never thought about it like that, but you’re right, I haven’t seen another instance of the whole animal’s jaw popping on out! Snakes tend to just unhinge their lower jaw, you’re right. Maybe some other fish species can do the whole shasham? I’ll definitely have to let you know if I come across another example, very intriguing! 😀

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