Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black And the dark street winds and bends. Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow, And watch where the chalk-white arrows go To the place where the sidewalk ends.
Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow, And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go, For the children, they mark, and the children, they know The place where the sidewalk ends.
- Shel Silverstein
Our world is full of beautiful, diverse species and incredibly unique forms of life that can be found in the most unlikely places. Our world is also full of strange and unusual creatures that are beautiful in their own way… well, maybe. Here are some of our favorite under-appreciated creatures we are lucky enough to share our world with.
A giant isopod refers to numerous species of oversized isopods that are found in abundance in cold, deep water of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Some can grow up to 20 inches long and weight around 3-5 pounds.
Other than the butterfly family, this strange creature is among the most beautiful insects out there. It is among the species of the flower mantises, which both look like and copy the flowers they come across. Their colors can change, ranging from white and yellow, to pink and brown.
This super creepy spider crab is Japanese and is known as the taka-ashi-gani in Japan, which translates to ”tall legs crab”. Their legs can reach up to 12 feet in length, and weigh as much as 42 pounds. It looks like something that could attack all of Japan in a Godzilla movie.
The Mantis Shrimp may appear to be a cross between a crayfish and a parrot, but it’s not to be disturbed. It moves extremely fast, so much so that they actually boil the water surrounding them. The shockwaves they produce are so strong that they can kill their prey.
Frogmouths are found in the Western Ghats mountain range of Sri Lanka and South India. They live in the dense undergrowth of tropical forests, and are very difficult to spot due to their grey-brown feathers. What makes them uniquely strange is their rather oversized head.
This creature is so weird that the first scientists to have discovered them back in 1799 actually believed them to be fake and that they were made from sewing a variety of animals together. However, this is a real animal. It’s got the feet of an otter, the tail of a Beaver, and the bill of a duck. They were once hunted for their fur, but they are now protected.
These tropical looking coconut crabs are a species of the hermit crab. They mostly live on the coasts of the Indian Ocean and the central Pacific Ocean. They eat mainly fleshy fruits and seeds, however they also consume dead animals. Their only known predators are other coconut crabs and humans.
The frilled shark is one of the most rarely seen animals out there. It can be found in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and depths of 5,000 feet. Although it is considered to be a prehistoric animals, it is still living, and is seen as a rare living fossil. It’s got an eel-like body and 300 teeth in 25 rows, allowing it to rip through prey like nothing.
These alien like predators are in the same family as the plant-eating Shield Bug, however their favorite victims are ants and bees. They are best known for their ninja-like skills, including the ability to coat themselves with ant carcasses to disguise themselves.
There are eight different species of the Pangolin that can be found in both Africa and Asia. They are the most heavily trafficked mammals in the world, and are highly endangered. They appear similar to pine cones and ancient Armadillos, with long tongues, and stink glands so bad, they can be compared to skunks.
This Brazilian treehopper belongs to the treehopper family, and has very strange features similar to a helicopter. They can be found throughout the world, however are most dominant in South America, Africa, Asia, North America, and Australia.
The Axolotl is also known as the Mexican Walking Fish. It is highly endangered, and nearly went extinct in 2010. They are often used for research due to the ability to regenerate limbs.