The Facebook video scam: “[Breaking News] Unbelievable Creature Found in South Africa,” will take Facebook users to a fake Facebook website, in an attempt to trick them into sharing it and/or completing surveys, by promising to show them a video of an unbelievable half-human, half-dog creature found in South Africa. But, this is a scam because there simply is no such creature.
The above picture is actually a sculpture, titled “The Young Family, a trans-species mother with a litter of suckling pups,” created by Patricia Piccinini for the Venice Biennale.
You can probably guess why biologists have given these salamanders the nickname “penis snake.” First discovered in 2011, it is thought that these limbless amphibians breath through their skin.
The aye-aye is a nocturnal lemur native only to Madagascar. The creature has rodent-like teeth which it uses to chew small holes into trees and then uses its narrow fingers to pull grubs out.
The barreleye, found at depths of 2000 feet in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, is most notable for its transparent head and highly sensitive eyes. The green lenses above each eye allow the fish to filter out what little sunlight makes it down to these depths and focus on the lights of its prey.
These herding dogs were bred for the freezing Alps and have evolved to possess thick dreaded coats.
Deep in the waters off the coast of Australia and Tasmania is the ‘unique’ blobfish. The flesh of a blobfish is a gelatinous mass that’s less dense than water, giving the fish its unique look, and allowing it to float above the seafloor without swimming.
I think my newborn son evolved from a blob fish
Chinese Water Deer
Chinese Water Deer have earned the nickname “Vampire Deer” for their prominent tusks, which are used in territorial battles.
Chrysopelea, The Flying Snake
In what is many people’s worst nightmare, this serpent climbs trees and then jumps down. By flattening its body and flaring out its ribs, the snake can glide through the air.
Eastern Long Necked Turtle
These turtles with a rather literal name can be found throughout Australia. Their remarkable necks can reach the same length as their shells, or around 10 inches.
Unbelievably, these tiny creatures found across Africa are more closely related to elephants than they are shrews. Their long, flexible snouts can twist and bend in search of food, just like their larger cousins.
Enypniastes is a deep sea cucumber which leaves nothing to the imagination and lives at depths of up to 16,400 feet. The red area is the animal’s mouth. Around it are tentacles, which scoop up edible mud from the seafloor. From there, it enters the creatures gut.
In the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans this prehistoric beast boasts 300 trident-shaped teeth, aligned in 25 rows to rip through any prey. Scientists also believe that the frilled shark breaks the record for gestation periods amongst sharks, taking three and a half years to give birth.
Gerenuk comes from the Somali language and means “giraffe-necked.” To feed from taller branches, gerenuks will stand on their hind legs.
These 20 foot long lizards weigh in at 350 pounds and used to dominate all major river systems, where their long, thin jaws proved adept at hunting and eating fish. Overfishing by humans has seen these reptiles reduced to 2% of their former strength.
Called the “blue dragon”, this fantastical creature is actually a one inch long sea slug. Commonly found off the East and South Coast of South Africa and Australia, divers should beware the powerful sting of this beast.
The Gobi Jerboa is a species of rodents found in China and Mongolia. Jerboas have kangaroo-like hind legs which make the creature an amazing runner and jumper. Along with disproportionately large ears and tails, which enhance hearing and balance, this is a truly bizarre creature.
The terrifying goblin shark measures between 8 and 13 feet and was first discovered in 1898. Referred to as a ‘living fossil,’ these terrifying animals are the only surviving member of a 125 million year-old family. I have to say, besides being totally creepy…it’s weird saggy gills are totally gross.
Japanese Spider Crab
This arthropod can reach heights of 12 feet tall and weigh up to 42 pounds, all while moving like a spider – yikes! The crabs are only found in the waters off the island of Honshū. GTFO! This thing is what nightmares are made of. Can you imagine seeing one of these justa’ walkin’ along?! I do declare, I would probably mess myself.
Lowland Streaked Tenrec
Found only in the rainforests of Madagascar, this strange creature is somewhat similar to a porcupine. The barbs on the animal’s back act as both a defensive measure and a complex communication system. The quills produce a faint chattering sound when vibrated and families learn to talk through this sound.
The colorful mantis shrimp spends most of its life tucked away in burrows and holes, meaning that we know very little about them. Ancient Assyrians referred to the creatures as “sea locustus”, while more recently they have been called “prawn killers” and “thumb splitters,” because of their extremely powerful claws. The shrimp is capable of breaking through aquariums by moving at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.
If you crossed an anteater and a squirrel, you’d get a numbat. In reality, these Australian marsupials are more closely related to the Tasmanian devil. They grow to around 14 inches long, with their massive tongue, adapted for eating termites and ants, adding another few inches. Males are quite popular with the lady numbats, heh.
Known as the “zebra giraffe,” the Okapi has the legs of a zebra and the long neck of a giraffe. The animal came to fame during the 1800s, when they were found by British explorers. Today, they can only be found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and only 10,000 to 20,000 remain.
The Pacu Fish, native to South America, is nicknamed the “ball cutter” by local male fishermen, who fear swimming in the water because of the animals human-like smile.
This fluffy creature with panda markings is actually a type of wingless wasp from South America. It has only been spotted a handful of times but it is known to have a potent sting.
The Patagonian mara may look like diant rabbits, but they’re actually a large rodent found in Argentina. Their unproportionally long limbs make them excellent runners.
Pyura Chilensis The Living Rock
It can be difficult to believe, but these “rocks” are living, breathing organisms. Their appearance allows them to blend into Chilean beaches and avoid predators. Interestingly, these creatures have both male and female organs and can breed individually. But, I’d probably call them a “Tomato Rock”, they look so much like the inside of a tomato!
Red Lipped Batfish
Batfish are found in the waters around the Galapagos Islands, but are terrible swimmers. Instead, the fish have learned to walk the ocean floor on their fins, and lookin’ good doin’ it!!! Pretty Lady Fish!
Ring Tailed Cat
Ring-tailed cats are a member of the raccoon family, native only to arid regions of North America. The ringtail is said to be so easy to domesticate that miners and settlers once kept them in their cabins as companions and vermin hunters, earning the name “miner’s cat.”
The saiga is a critically endangered antelope that inhabits the Eurasian steppe, including Dzungaria and Mongolia. Its strange nose is extremely flexible and helps to filter out dust kicked up by the migrating herd.
While the name would have you think otherwise, these fish are far more vicious than they are sarcastic. Found in the waters off the West Coast of America, fringeheads can grow 12 inches long and have eerily large mouths, which they press up against each others, as if kissing, to assert authority. These kind of look like The Predator, The Predators of the Sea.
Native to North America are these strange moles with alien-like tentacles on their noses. Living most of their lives underground, these animals are a rare sight to humans as well as mostly blind. Their tentacles give them an extremely good sense of touch and can also detect the minute electrical fields given off by their prey.
Only recently discovered in 2005, not much is known about this hairy crustacean found in the South Pacific Ocean.
Don’t worry my son doesn’t look like a Blob Fish anymore.
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