Here are 12 Unique Creatures From Around the World.
The appearance of the mata mata’s shell resembles a piece of bark, and its head resembles fallen leaves. As it remains motionless in the water, its skin flaps enable it to blend into the surrounding vegetation until a fish comes close. The mata mata thrusts out its head and opens its large mouth as wide as possible, creating a low-pressure vacuum that sucks the prey into its mouth, known as suction feeding. The mata mata snaps its mouth shut, the water is slowly expelled, and the fish is swallowed whole; the mata mata cannot chew due to the way its mouth is constructed.
The vampire squid occupies meso- to bathypelagic depths throughout the world’s tropical and temperate oceans where little to no light penetrates. The vampire squid is vertically distributed between depths of 300-3000m with a majority of vampire squids occupying depths of 1,500-2,500m. The squid is considered small – reaching a maximum length of 28 cm with the approximate size of a football.
The Giant Isopod, Bathynomus giganteus, is the largest member of the isopod family, a group of crustaceans closely related to shrimps and crabs. It is carnivorous and is a valuable scavenger, eating from the deep sea floor whatever falls from above, including bodies of whales, fish, and squid. The giant isopod can grow to a length of over 16 inches.
Pink Fairy Armadillo
The pink fairy armadillo spends much of its time under the ground, as it is a “sand swimmer” similar to the golden mole or the marsupial mole. It uses large front claws to agitate the sand, allowing it to almost swim through the ground like it is water. It is torpedo-shaped, and has a shielded head and back.
The long-eared jerboa is an incredibly adaptable animal, as it lives in extremely harsh conditions, with temperatures in the Gobi desert falling as low as -40°C in winter, and rising as high as +40°C in summer.
The frog spends most of the year underground, surfacing only for about two weeks, during the monsoon, for purposes of mating.
This strange creature, along with it’s relative the Manatee, are believed to be what Sailors used to confuse Mermaids for.