Nature's Unlovables...

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  1. GaLaTeA

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    Some of these are pretty interesting and worthy of their own discussions, but more are just a freak show. Enjoy.

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    Tongue Eating Isopod
    It eats the tongue, then replaces it. Think of an arthropod on welfare.

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    Candiru Catfish

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    Tigerfish
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    Aye Aye
    This creature is cursed in Madagascar. Saying its name is forbidden.

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    Flying Snakes
    These jump from tree to tree.

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    Indri
    These get to be almost human-sized lemurs.

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    Deep Sea Chimera

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    Frilled Shark
    Thought to be prehistoric, rediscovered near Japan.

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    Goblin Shark

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    Greenland Shark
    How big are they? They eat polar bears. Larger than a great white. Eskimos used their teeth to cut hair.

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    Megamouth Shark
    Another species thought to be extinct.

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    Oarfish
    Up to 50ft long.

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    Vampire Squid
    Capable of turning itself inside out.

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    Long Arm Squid
    Fairly newly discovered 23ft squid.

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    Cranchiid Squid

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    Coconut Crab

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    Leopard Seal
    These guys get to be up to 15 ft long and 11,000 pounds. They munch on seals, penguins, and the like.

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    Sea Spider

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    Giant Spider Crab

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    Watusi Cattle
    Their horns can grow up to 100 pounds a piece.

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    South American Longhorn Beetle

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    Pygmy Marmoset
    World's smallest monkey

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    Kea
    Known as sheep-killing birds in New Zealand, they both attack weak animals, and chase animals towards cliffs to force them to jump off. Farmers estimate 500 sheep per season are killed by these birds.

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    Casowarry
    Known to be the most dangerous bird in the world. Growing up to 6 feet, they have enormous, sharp talons and they will attack ferociously. I see strong ties to the dinosaur...

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    Great Gray Owl
    Referred to as ghosts in Native American legends

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    Green-Banded Broodsac
    The eggs are stored within bird feces. The snails eat the feces and are then infected. The parasites hatch and slowly eat the snail from within, keeping it alive as long as possible. Slowly they tunnel to the brain and affect the behavior of the snail. The snail then crawls about in day back and forth across the leaf. By this time the maggots are in the antennal eyes with only a thin film of skin separating them. They squirm back and forth creating a flashy, colorful show that acts as a beacon. As planned, a bird spots the snail and finally puts it out of its misery - thus eating the new eggs.

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    Cordyceps Fungi
    These are another parasitic spore that's meat-eating, usually targeting ants.
    The insects grow a fuzz they cannot get rid off which drives them insane. It slowly consumes them and kills them. From their collapsed body, grows a 'flowering' stalk. Now this is the creepy bit- the stalk changes form with different species. Take a good look and you'll see that these used to be normal-looking insects and spiders.

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    Proboscis Monkey

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    Alligator Snapping Turtle
    Can grow to 250+ pounds.

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    Axolotl

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    Goliath Frog
    These guys can get up to 8 pounds and 13 inches (in typical frog stance).

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    Belgian Blue
    A product of forced cross-breeding.

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    Star Nose Mole
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    Hagfish
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    Pink Fairy Armadillo
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    Spookfish
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    Cantor's Giant Softshell Turtle
    These guys can get up to 6 feet in length. 95 percent of their life is spent buried and motionless, with only eyes and mouth exposed. They come up twice a day to take a breath.

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    Blobfish

    Endangered. What a shame.

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    Green Pit Viper

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    Laotian Rock Rat
    Somewhere between a rat and a squirrel, with a skull shape unlike any other living mammal. Everything about this breed puts it amongst a species thought to have gone extinct 11 million years ago.

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    Dragon Millipede

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    Mindoro Strip-Face Fruit Bat

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    Electrolux Addisoni
    A new species of electric ray, it's said that the strong sucking motion it uses on the ocean floor could rival household electric vacuums.

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    Snakefish

    Highly predatory, eating other fish and even their own young. When they get tired of seafood, they slither their preying ass out of the pond and can stay out of the water for up to three days. At 2-3 feet in length and up to 13 lbs, there are enough small animals on land to keep them happy. They've attacked humans, although nothing deadly. They're prohibited - an "EPA Most Wanted" list, if you will - in several US states and other countries because of their ability to wipe out ecosystems, avoid natural predators, and then hop to the next pond to do it all over again.

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    Mudhopper AKA Mudskipper
    Another amphibious fish, though a bit cuter. They can also stay on land indefinitely, although they have to stay moist, hence sticking to the mud, or at least very humid climates. The second part of their name comes from their muscular tail, which allows them to launch themselves up to 2 feet into the air.

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    Frilled Lizard
    Probably more familiar. They've got a scare tactic around their neck and they run on their hind legs..........across water.

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    Leaf-Tailed Gecko
    These guys come in various shapes and sizes. All of them are designed to blend in somewhere before creeping you out at the last moment. Even their eyeballs are camouflaged. The red-eyed variety are known as the Satanic LTG, which shouldn't need explanation when you see them.

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    Lamprey Eel
    Basically a large variety of leech. If you've ever wondered what the gates of Hell would look like, I think I have a hunch. Kill it with Armageddon.

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    Blue Sea Slug

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    Janthina

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    Blue Button
    Similar to a jellyfish, but less venomous, it's actually a colony of organisms that make up a drifter feeding on dead and living floaters that it comes in contact with. It's common prey for the blue sea slug and janthina, which the first two pictures show.

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    Aglajidae
    Note that this is not one particular animal, but a family consisting of several species of what are commonly called "sea slugs." Shit just got vibrant.

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    Nudibranch
    Another grouped post, this is actually a clave, consisting of over 3,000 different species. These are also commonly called "sea slugs," but I think they deserve a prettier name.

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    Nudibranch (continued)

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    Nudibranch (continued)

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    Giant Huntsman Spider

    They look exactly like the common household Huntsman spider, except they can get to be up to a foot long.

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    Assassin Spider/Pelican Spider
    Posted this earlier, but this time I have a little more info. These creeps were first found in 40 million year old fossils, but are still around in South Africa. The only saving grace of this creature is that it eats other spiders.

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    Olm
    Living deep in pitch black waters, this creature has eyes that never develop, leaving it completely blind, but with its other senses extremely adept. Perhaps these obsolete eyes are a medium stage in evolution? Besides picking up sound waves through water and vibrations through the ground, scientists have discovered an unusual type of sensory organ on its head that enable it to detect electric fields. Experiments have shown that the olm can direct and orient itself based on Earth's magnetic field.

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    Hemeroplanes Triptolemus
    This is not a snake, it's a larva. It's just trolling you.

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    Yeti Lobster/Yeti Crab
    The hairs contain a sterilizing bacteria that the crab can use to detoxify surrounding water. Would be useful on the subway.

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    Golden Mantled Tree Kangaroo


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    Blanket Octopus
    No other macroscopic creature has a greater size difference between genders. The males are about an inch in length, while the females are about 2m. The male spends its life looking for a female to reproduce with. When he finds a suitable mate, he fills one of his tentacles with sperm, rips it off, and gives it to her, which she then uses to produce eggs, leaving the male to die. Who said men are afraid of commitment?

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    Blue Ribbon Eel


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    Heeby jeebies
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    Platypus
    Long overdue, this one. This creature was interesting enough that a couple years ago, a group of about 100 scientists dedicated themselves to studying a particular one to find out a bit more about its genome. When it was first discovered and an example submitted for research, it was thought to be a hoax by taxidermists. It obviously has the bill only seen on birds, which are the type of animal that its chromosomes are found most similar to. It's one of only two mammals that lay eggs (the other being the echidna, a spiny anteater also from Australia). It's also one of only two mammals that form venom (the other the shrew, or various types technically), another reptilian feature. What makes a mammal a mammal is in the base word, which implies that it has mammaries that it nurses from, however the platypus doesn't have nipples, and instead its young merely suck milk through its skin, as if its entire abdomen were a nipple. The platypus swims, and while doing this, shuts its eyes, ears and nostrils, and relies on receptors in its bill that can pick up faint electric fields emitted by prey due to muscle contractions. It hunts blindly, and hence has stronger electroreception than the echidna, who is the only other mammal to have electroreceptors at all. Despite this, it has an incredible sense of smell, seemingly useless. The platupus has incredibly dense, waterproof fur (about 800 hairs per square centimeter), which feels sort of slimy and scaly when it's wet. Because it feels slimy and it swims, the Catholic church has decreed that it, along with the beaver, is a fish (pretty much the only type of animal that the scientific community has NOT connected it to), and hence, it is determined that it is not meat, and can be eaten for the purpose of Lent. There you have it, it's a mammal, a reptile, a bird, and a fish.

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