Rare and Wonderful Creatures With Whom We Share Our Planet

If you’ve been to a zoo or an aquarium before, you probably think you know just about all there is to know about different species that exist among us. But just when you think you’ve heard of them all, you see one of these rare and wonderful creatures with whom we share this planet and you step back and say “wow!”

Bergamasco Shepherd

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These herding dogs were bred for the freezing Alps and have evolved to possess thick dreaded coats.

Ankole-Watusi

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Ankole longhorns and their massive horns have survived in Africa for thousands of years. Their horns are used in defense and cooling and can weigh up to 100 pounds each and reach 8 feet from tip to tip.

Dumbo Octopus

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rare creatures

The ear-like fins of this octopus have earned it the name “Dumbo.” The octopus lives at extreme depths of 10,000 to 11,000 feet, searching for worms and other crustaceans at the seafloor.

Irrawaddy Dolphin

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rare creatures

Irrawaddy dolphins are found in coastal areas in South and Southeast Asia. These animals are known for their bulging forehead and short beak, giving them a far stranger appearance than other dolphins.

Saiga Antelope

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rare creatures

The saiga is a critically endangered antelope that inhabits the Eurasian steppe, including Dzungaria and Mongolia. Its strange nose is extremely flexible and helps to filter out dust kicked up by the migrating herd.

Red-Lipped Batfish

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Batfish are found in the waters around the Galapagos Islands, but are terrible swimmers. Instead, the fish have learned to walk the ocean floor on their fins.

Chinese Water Deer

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Chinese Water Deer have earned the nickname “Vampire Deer” for their prominent tusks, which are used in territorial battles.

Pyura Chilensis (The Living Rock)

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rare creatures

It can be difficult to believe, but these “rocks” are living, breathing organisms. Their appearance allows them to blend into Chilean beaches and avoid predators. Interestingly, these creatures have both male and female organs and can breed individually.

Pacu Fish

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The Pacu Fish, native to South America, is nicknamed the “ball cutter” by local male fishermen, who fear swimming in the water because of the animals human-like smile.

Glaucus Atlanticus

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Called the “blue dragon”, this fantastical creature is actually a one inch long sea slug. Commonly found off the East and South Coast of South Africa and Australia, divers should beware the powerful sting of this beast.