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