Bioluminescence may not seem to be that weird today after many of us have seen it online for many years now, but it never ceases to amaze me. As a kid, I never knew about this wonderful phenomenon and I still remember the first time I saw glowing plankton on YouTube or NatGeo or somewhere. I may not recall where but I do remember that unearthly glow that made me take a breath and remember how much magic there is in science.
If you're a fan of Harry Potter, you know all about Dementors and what they do. A Dementor is a dark creature that once guarded Azkaban prison, then turned to work for Lord Voldemort. It's a creepy, wraith-like thing (it looks very much like a ring wraith from Lord of the Rings, actually) that can suck out your soul with it's Kiss, leaving you an empty husk. That's what scientists decided to name a wasp that apparently does the same thing.
Although we often discuss some strange and bizarre creatures here at Weird Animal Report, some of my favorites are just typical animals that have really weird characteristics. Remember when we talked about how horses' hooves look when they are born? That stuff is mind-blowing!
You've seen people stuff their deceased pets, put their likeness on a stuffed animal or t-shirt or even use their ashes to build bird baths. (No? You need to look that stuff up.) Now you can have slipper clones made of your pets to keep forever! The process doesn't come cheaply (it's almost $200!) but if you really want a super soft, comfy clone of your pet to wear on your feet forevermore, you'll have to check them out at Cuddle Clones (where you can also sign up for a 10% discount).
Here at Weird Animal Talk, we like to talk about animals that seem weird to us, from hairy frogs to water bears. But we are the truly weird animals, aren't we? Not only do we drink another animal's milk (super weird!) but we also wear their skin after we've killed them, which is pretty barbaric.
Cute animal videos, even of the weirdest critters, are a favorite pasttime of many an Internet user, even if they do tend to kill workplace productivity and cause people to waste time. Some studies show that couples who look at cute animals together are happier and closer, and who doesn't feel better after watching a cat stick its tongue out?
My family and I met Krampus at an event the other night, and while he wasn't totally an animal (or was he?), it got me thinking about all of the cool fictional weird animals of the world, from the mythological sort to the kinds that we see in TV and movies. Demogorgans and demo-dogs are probably my current favorite (I even have one on my desk), but from gelflings to goblins, the Jabberwock to the Jadoon, is there anything more fun than a weird creature?
The bearded pig is an interesting creature. It's got a big tuft of a beard, but the beard is more than decoration. Before you think it's there to attract mates Odin-style, it's actually part of the pig's foraging arsenal. The beard apparently helps the animal dig up fungus, bugs and roots for a tasty meal. It seems like all that hair would get in the way (or serve as a creepy walkway for any critters who might escape the pig's maw and scramble to get away, which would just freak me the heck out. I would NOT want bugs crawling on my face, pig face or not.
It's a weird animal, but it sure is adorable: the white baby reindeer captured by photographer Mads Nordsveen is stealing everyone's heart. The calf even posed for the photographer's attention. He was able to approach the little calf and look directly into its eyes as he snapped the photos to share with the world.
Some of the most incredible species to have ever walked (or flown) on our planet have long since become extinct, and in many cases it's deeply sad. In others, however, it kind of makes us breathe a sigh of relief, especially after watching Jurassic World. Can you imagine what we'd do with these creatures? We'd probably cause our own extinction.