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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?"
From this article: http://grist.org/list/crazy-living-r...eve-ever-seen/
Bunny infected with the papilloma virus.
Monkey orchid from this article: http://www.sharegoodstuffs.com/2012/...ey-orchid.html
Oh, it's a tunicate. Thanks SA article.
Yeah! Who knows how many of those trees out there are actually live organisms?I don’t know about you, but I’m going to be looking more carefully at rocks in the future. Also possibly trees and dirt. Who knows what apparently inanimate objects might be filled with innards...?
For a lot more weird animals (including plenty of bugs) get thee to Bogleech.
dunno if this consider weird but
edit: Vermis ty for link, very usefull
Last edited by stonec; July 15th, 2013 at 11:04 AM.
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
Here is a shape shifting octopus:
@Aqualeot - Haha yeah, I'm almost afraid to post any bats, for fear of what might happen
The last few pages of that thread were pretty good though. Definitely some strange creatures in there.
@Black Spot - I feel a little queasy after the first page, but damn, some of those insects are magnificent.
Anyhoo, here's a vid I saved a while back.
All those creepy fishies......
Gulper Eel - looks like something outta Alien. Chestburster redux perhaps?
EDIT: Just stumbled across this lil guy.
The Blue Dragon Sea Slug. He's pretty awesome.
Last edited by Indrik_; July 16th, 2013 at 12:49 PM.
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.
Here is a Mary River Turtle:
poison monkey http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...red-in-borneo/
moving trash pile
Goblin shark. One of the most amazing animals in my opinion.
Northern White-faced Owl
Vermis, I wish I could see it, but this is all I got: This video contains content from Discovery Communications, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.
keremcantarhan, that is one fabulous jaw with some lovely teeth!
stonec, love the cape and glare evil owl
Here is one that has been dead for a long time, but I never knew pterosaurs could be this big:
From a book review on Gurney Journey.
Ah, pity. It was one of the few videos that weren't blocked to me. Best I can offer right now is a suggestion to have a search on youtube.
Also, a lot of digital ink has been spilt about those giant pterosaurs, by Mark Witton and Darren Naish, among others. Tip of the iceberg here:
I'm impressed with you paleontological knowledge Vermis! I had never seen one before...
Indonesian Mimic Octopus
edit: almost forgot: http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.fi/201...-views-of.html
Last edited by stonec; July 28th, 2013 at 01:46 AM.