No one knows for sure how many species of animals exist on Earth.
In fact, some 10,000 species of animals are discovered each year, with over one and a half million already documented.
Projections for the total number of species on Earth range from 2 to 50 million.
In this list we’ll be showing you 5 of the strangest animals you probably didn’t know existed.
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5) Glaucus Atlanticus
Probably one of the cutest on this list, this small blue sea slug looks more like a mini Pokemon than something from real life.
They are typically found in warm climates and usually float on top the ocean where they use their distinct colours to blend in with the water.
Measuring up to 3cm they are tiny and actually pretty lazy since they don’t even swim.
Instead they just float on the water and let the tides take them along.
Although tiny they are pretty brave and prey on creatures much larger than themselves.
They mostly attack and eat the dangerously venomous jellyfish called the Portuguese man o’ war since they are immune to their venom.
4) Giant Isopod
Yes this giant creature is basically a huge woodlouse that lives deep in the sea.
They are closely related to woodlouse and distantly related to shrimps and crabs.
Their giant size is an excellent example of deep sea giantism.
This is when species that live deep in the sea turn out to be much bigger than their close relatives.
Other examples of deep sea giantism is the Japanese spider crab and the robust clubhook squid.
Since they live so deep in the sea they are generally untouched by humans, and whats fascinating is they give us a glimpse of evolution.
If you look at the difference between them and their land living cousins the woodlouse it amazing to see how they have changed over millions of years.
However funnily enough their love for dark places is still there as you’ll always find woodlouse living under some rock where its dark & damp.
3) The Blue Parrotfish
Aside from their beautiful bright blue colour, these fish always look like they are smiling.
To be fair they do have a lot to smile about.
Their population is very healthy, they are rarely fished by humans, they spend 80% of their time looking for food & eating, and they live in the beautiful tropical parts of the western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
If we all had such an easy life as the Blue Parrotfish we too would just spend our days smiling.
2) The Maned Wolf
It looks like a fox on stilts and its called a wolf but its actually neither of the two.
The maned wolf is part of the canine family but it is the only species in the genus Chrysocyon meaning “golden dog”.
It is mainly found in the grasslands of Brazil but unfortunately its population are dropping due to loss of its natural habitat.
It’s unique long legs are likely the result of an adaptation to the tall grasslands of its native habitat.
Unlike other large canids the maned wolf does not form packs.
It hunts alone, usually between sundown and midnight.
1) The Panda Ant
They may look & act like ants but don’t be fooled they are actually related to the wasp.
The females are wingless so can’t fly but they do still sting.
Their sting is extremely painful earning the nickname cow killer.
The name panda ant comes from its black & white colour resembling a panda.
Just like wasps they feed on nectar but interestingly their exoskeleton is so tough scientists have reported difficulty piercing them with steel pins when attempting to mount them for display.
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