7 ugly animals you never knew existed
There are so many different kinds of species that live on this planet. There are so many, in fact, that we haven’t even discovered them all. Can you believe that? Humanity has been around for thousands of years, and we haven’t even discovered every species yet. There is still so much to learn about our planet and the creatures on it. One of the things that scientists have learned, however, is that not everything they discover is good looking. Sometimes the things they find are actually really ugly. Check out these ugly animals you never knew existed.
1. Goblin shark
The goblin shark is sometimes called a “living fossil.” It’s called that because the species is so old its lineage dates back 125 million years. It’s also the only one of that lineage that we know of that currently exists. It’s a deep-water shark that lives about 300 feet below sea level, though adult sharks will live deeper than younger ones. These sharks are usually about 10-13 feet long but they can grow larger. They have a pink skin tone, but the most interesting thing about them is their mouth. When a goblin shark goes to bite something its upper jaw descends and actually pushes out. Its mouth is therefore much larger than it originally looks. You can see this really well in the video below when the shark bites the arm of the diver who’s doing some filming.
2. Red-lipped batfish
It’s obvious how this fish got its name. You can’t miss those lips. The red-lipped batfish is also called a Galapagos batfish because it’s found in the Galapagos. Scientists apparently are not incredibly creative when it comes to naming things. Anyway, this fish is also strange because it’s a really bad swimmer. Who knew that was a thing, but yes, fish can be bad swimmers. The red-lipped batfish uses its pectoral fins to help it walk along the ocean floor in search of prey. The fish eats smaller fish and some small crustaceans like shrimp. It can live anywhere between a depth of 10 and 249 feet.
3. Venezuelan poodle moth
The Venezuelan poodle moth is an incredibly weird-looking moth. It looks furry, has huge black eyes, and while some people find it cute, it really looks like a moth that could kill you when you weren’t expecting it. Dr. Arthur Anker was the first one to photograph the moth in 2009. There isn’t enough evidence currently to know if the Venezuelan poodle moth is part of a species of moth that we already know about, or if it’s a whole new species of moth. Some people have compared the moth to something like a poodle (obviously, as it’s in the name), but also a Pokémon. Either way, it’s creepy and ugly-looking despite the fact that the man in the video below calls it cute. Yeah, it’s cute…until it rips your face off.
4. Indian purple frog
While the Indian purple frog is called a frog, it doesn’t really look like one – or at least not like the frogs that we’re used to seeing. Another name for this creature is the pig-nosed frog. While the Indian purple frog was officially written about in 2003, locals had known about its existence long before that. The frog spends most of its life underground and only comes to the surface during the monsoon season to mate. This is the main reason that the frog hasn’t been studied until recent times because who wants to be out in a monsoon? The female frog lays about 3,000 eggs and approximately 100 days later you get tadpoles. Since the frogs live underground for most of their lives scientists discovered that they mostly eat termites. Scientists also discovered that the tadpoles are a traditional food to eat for the local tribesmen.
5. Blob fish
You might already know about the blob fish, but since it was declared the world’s ugliest animal it had to make it onto the list. The blob fish is a fairly small fish (only about 12 inches long), but it lives at a depth of 2,000–3,900 feet. The pressure at those kinds of depths is 60 to 120 times greater than at sea level, which is why the blob fish looks like it does. The blob fish’s flesh is made up of a gelatin-like mass that is slightly lighter than water. This allows the fish to float above the sea floor without having to use any energy. The blob fish when it’s actually in its natural habitat doesn’t look fully like what it does in pictures. This is because when a blob fish is brought to sea level it decompresses and that is what it ends up looking like.