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2.) Sunfish Look Like Floating Fish Heads

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We’re not sure about you, but if we were scuba diving and this gigantic fish swam up next to us, we’re not sure what we would do! This prehistoric-looking animal is actually called a mola mola, or sunfish.

They are deepwater fish that are characterized by their flat body, tiny fins, and lack of a normal tail. Pretty much, they look like strange fish heads. They are also known to be the heaviest bony fish in the entire world, weighing upwards to 2,000 pounds!

3.) The Sacs On Greater Sage-Grouse Males Are Used For Mating

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This strange-looking bird is called the greater sage-grouse, or, more typically, a sagehen. These animals wouldn’t look quite so alien, if not for the two air sacs located on the chest of each male.

The good news is that these sacs actually serve a purpose. They produce a popping sound which males use to attract potential female mates. These yellow gular sacs only inflate during mating rituals.

4.) The Japanese Spider Crab Is A Huge No No

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The Japanese spider crab is the textbook definition of the word “nope.” This marine species is native to the waters surrounding Japan, so we don’t recommend swimming there unless you want to come into contact with this up to almost 12-foot creepy crab!

Yup, these marine creatures have the longest leg-span of any other living arthropod in the world. Unfortunately for these crabs, their numbers are dwindling due to overfishing and their status as a delicacy.

5.) Pink River Dolphin’s Are Nothing Like Flipper

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ink river dolphins are no Flipper, that’s for sure! For one, their cervical vertebrae aren’t connected, allowing them to turn their heads a solid 90 degrees, horrifying. But when you’re native to the Amazon, we guess you have to have some strange characteristics!

Aside from the owl-like head rotation, this species is known for its pink-tinged skin and its long thin bill that has 25 to 28 pairs of teeth running down each jaw.

Pink river dolphins are no Flipper, that’s for sure! For one, their cervical vertebrae aren’t connected, allowing them to turn their heads a solid 90 degrees, horrifying. But when you’re native to the Amazon, we guess you have to have some strange characteristics!

Aside from the owl-like head rotation, this species is known for its pink-tinged skin and its long thin bill that has 25 to 28 pairs of teeth running down each jaw.

5.) Mouse? Rabbit? T-Rex? Nope, It’s A Jerboa

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It’s hard to believe that this bizarre creature actually lives in the world, but it does. With the long ears of a rabbit, the body of a mouse, and the arms and legs of a t-rex, this creature is the Jerboa, a creature native to Arabia, Asia, and Northern Africa.

The Jerboa is nocturnal, typically seen scurrying around at night. And when we say scurrying, we mean this animal can actually run up to 15 mph.

Up next: learn which animal didn’t fully metamorphosize.

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