Top 10 Weirdest Animals In The World
At the top of the list is an animal that, given all that we know of the world of fauna, still confuses many of us as to just how it exists. When it was first discovered, scientists thought it was a hoax – an egg-laying mammal with the face of a duck? Not to mention that it is semi-aquatic, nocturnal and, as some unfortunate scientists found out, venomous. Additionally, they have evolved electroreception to help locate prey, much like bats and sharks, but unlike the echidna from earlier, the platypus has almost 40,000 electroreceptors, providing incredible accuracy. This little creature – they only grow up to around 50 centimeters in length – is so completely bizarre that is one of the only creatures in the world to be the one and only representative of its family and genus for scientific classification. Appropriately, as the strangest of strange, it has become an iconic symbol of Australia.
With ear-like fins on top of a body that looks like a head and short arms, it's clear how this little fellow got it's name. One of the rarest octopods on earth, they are found at extreme depths, up to 7,000 meters below sea level. The fins aren't just for looks; they're used as an additional mode of locomotion to compliment the usual octopus method of shooting water through their funnel. Unlike Dumbo, these guys can't fly, they just coast along above the ocean floor looking for small prey.
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