Freaky Friday: Six of nature’s weirdest creatures

The world is a crazy and wonderful place, home to millions of creatures and Quinton.

However, thanks to each species’s unique environment and evolution, there are creatures which are sure to capture your heart and imagination.

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Here are six of the strangest creatures on planet earth.

Japanese Spider Crab

The Japanese Spider Crab is the world’s largest arthropod (an animal with an exoskeleton, segmented body and jointed limbs).  These monstrous omnivores are however seen as a delicacy in Japan and are chowed like mad, both cooked and raw.

They can grow 12 feet tall and weigh in at 20kgs. Imagine swimming in the waters of Japan and bumping into this bad boy.

Tufted Deer

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This animal is a combination of cuteness and confused teeth. The Freddy Mercury of the Deer world is found in China and other parts of Asia. What makes this little creature odd, is that it has an adorable face and as you have a guessed, fangs growing from its top jaw.

This relative of the Muntjac (Whatever that is..) may appear a little scary, but in actual fact is quite harmless and is actually a protected species due to overhunting.


Hickory Horned Devil

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This LSD trip depiction of a caterpillar looks like a creation from Willy Wonkers dream journal. It has a vibrant green body, enormous black-tipped red horns and black spikes all over its body.  These huge creatures eventually end up pimping their ride and turn into terrifying Regal Moths, who boast a wingspan of up to 15cm!

You know those ones who dive bomb you at night, whilst braaing with a headlamp on. Horror story!

Star-nosed Mole

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This guy just looks like a Bruce…The Star-nosed Mole lives in Canada and the United States. It uses its rather unusual face to feel its way around the dirt to dig tunnels. The mole’s gross, hand like nose is packed with 25 000 nerve cells and it is believed to have the capability to detect even the smallest seismic waves (vibrations of the earth).

These wetland lovers are great swimmers and can be found in the mountains. And now you know, you are welcome.

Goblin Shark

This sea-creature looks almost cartoonish with its strange features. The Goblin Shark belongs to a rare species of deep-sea chomping fish (shark). In fact, it is believed the Goblin Shark is the only surviving member of the Mitsukurinidae family, a lineage approximately 125 million years old! #Iwillsurvive

It is usually between three to four metres long. It strikes a scary presence and is found throughout the world at depths deeper than 100 metres.

Ogre-Faced Spiders

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This nonvenomous arachnid made the list for its extremely fascinating and rather Fishman like hunting style. This disappointing laundry discovery builds a net-like web between its two front legs. It then goes buck wild and throws itself at its prey, wrapping the web around the unsuspecting victim.

Be on the lookout for any of these unusual animals during your travels and….

Until the next time, have yourself a Freaky Friday…

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