Really weird animals or plants or anything inbetween
I saw a couple of articles about really strange animals and thought of you guys
In creating new life forms from imagination, what could be better for inspiration than the weirdness of actual living things? So please share any photos of actual strange animals or plants! This should be fun
Here are the ones I saw:
"The fact that this sea creature looks exactly like a rock with guts is not even the weirdest thing about it. It’s also completely immobile like a rock — it eats by sucking in water and filtering out microorganisms — and its clear blood mysteriously secretes a rare mineral called vanadium. Also, it’s born male, becomes hermaphroditic at puberty, and reproduces by tossing clouds of sperm and eggs into the surrounding water and hoping they knock together. Nature, you are CRAZY.
Self-sexing vanadium-secreting intestine-rock thing is actually called Pyura chilensis (terser, though less descriptive), and it’s found off the coast of Chile and Peru. Locals eat it raw or in stews, and non-locals describe the taste as “bitter” and “soapy” with a “weird iodine flavor.” Sort of what you’d expect from a meat-rock, I guess?"
Vermis, that is a great website. Thanks for sharing!
Zenith, I think we are doing well here. No one has threatened to kill any endangered animals out of their own fears and prejudices
stonec, that blobfish made me laugh It looks so very serious.
And please post any pictures you find inspiring, not just the weirdest you can find. I didn't mean for that to be limiting
Thanks Blackspot, I didn't realize this was a fairly exhausted topic. That thread is great past the first page, but I think I might have nightmares about the first page. And I hope your link to it can provide inspiration for others like me who missed it the first time around
Zenith, those are great! The Blue Dragon Sea Slug is beautiful.