If you believe that you have seen it all if you might think you know everything there is to know about the world, be prepared to eat some humble pie as the world goes out and proves you wrong! Because apparently there are still more wonders that can boggle your mind and make your eyes pop. Right now, there are still new species to be discovered each and every day. Research has shown that humans have only explored an estimated 5% of the ocean, which can only mean that there are probably scarier creatures down in the depths.
But for now, here is a list of some animals that you might not have heard about until today, that is.
This ultra-rare species of deep-sea shark has gained the reputation of being a living fossil and for good reason: as its lineage can be traced all the way back to 125 million years ago. This pink-colored creature has a very unique and odd appearance with long and flattened snout and jaws that hold very sharp teeth. They inhabit waters around the world at depths greater than 100 meters. Adults can be found at even deeper depths. And because of the depths that these animals prefer to live in, they really do not pose any danger whatsoever to human beings.
The name panda ants are part of the Multilidae family, which makes up over 3,000 different species of wasps. It earned its moniker because their wingless females appear a lot like huge, hairy ants and the white coat covering all of its head save for the eyes, and black and white spots give it an appearance that resembles the famous giant Panda over in China. However, you have to be extra careful around these critters as their bite has been known to be extremely painful, so much so that another one of its nicknames is "cow killer."
A giant isopod could refer to any of the almost 20 species of giant isopods, or crustaceans that are distant relatives to decapods—shrimps and crabs). They are often found in the very deep waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Of its genus, Bathynomus Giganteus is considered to be the most giant isopod in the entire world. Their enormous size is explained by a phenomenon referred to by experts as "deep sea gigantism" which is defined as the tendency of crustaceans to grow to a much larger size because of the depths they reside in.
The axolotl, which is also called the Mexican walking fish, is arguably the oddest animal that you can ever dream of placing in your aquarium. Although it is known as a "fish," it is really is not as it mostly is an amphibian. Axolotls are very cute because of their rather large external gills, which is somewhat odd for an amphibian since they reach adulthood without going through the process of metamorphosis and instead of growing out of their gills to develop lungs and eventually walk on land, they stay aquatic.
You'd probably recognize the blobfish as an internet meme, earning the nickname "world's ugliest animal." The blobfish is a deep-water fish that resides off the coast of Australia, anywhere between 2,000 and 4,000 feet underneath the waves. Its density is much less than water, which means it can swim without any effort, even though the pressures in that area reach about 120 times the pressure at the surface.
This Strange bat has s wingspan up to 3 feet wide and belive it or not, the male bat uses his hammer-shaped head to produce loud honks that attract the attention of the female bat. So much for being a gentleman.
When we think about New Zealand, giant insects are not the first thing that pops into our minds. Well ‐ not anymore. This giant weta that can be found only in the Kiwi land, is one of the biggest insects in the world. With a weight of a large rodent and a wingspan up to 7 inches, this creature is what nightmares are made of. Yikes!