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25 Places Where We Can Encounter Otherworldly Creatures

There are so many different types of species of animals and plants on the planet that many of them we have yet to discover. It wasn't until the internet came around that many of these creatures started being discovered. Everything from deep sea creatures to strange birds was being discovered daily and shared among the internet. This is still happening today but there are so many creatures that many people still don't know about that scientists have discovered for many years now. Seeing as there are around 15,000 different species of mammals and about just as many different species of fish we'd say that the Earth has a lot that still needs to be discovered.

There are many places in the world that inhabit these strange creatures and as they are being discovered so are these places. With so many corners of the Earth, it is no wonder that we haven't found everything there is to find on Earth and scientists are uncovering more and more every day. While there is no way we could list every strange creature off the beaten path here are 25 unique creatures you may not have seen before (and where you can find them).

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25 The Superb Bird-Of-Paradise In Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, And Eastern Australia

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While the Superb Bird of Paradise seems like your average bird it has many things that make it unique among the bird species. Firstly, the name is quite strange but it fits when you realize where the birds are found in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Australia all places that could be considered paradise in their own right. Secondly, the bird features a large black oval that it can transform into and it is usually used when the bird is trying to mate. They can be spotted with their bright blue breastplate and their bright blue eyes.

24 Mantis Shrimp In The Indian And Pacific Oceans Between Africa And Hawaii

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The Mantis Shrimp can be found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans and is quite an oxymoron as far as its name is concerned. The creature isn't considered a shrimp or a mantis but rather a type of stomatopod. However, due to its large claw-like appendages, it gains the name of Mantis and the fact that it shares in the family of shrimp it gains the name of shrimp. The mantis shrimp is fairly colorful but is also extremely small so if you see one you likely won't be able to discern it from a normal shrimp.

23 Sunda Flying Lemur In Southeast Asia

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The Sunda Flying Lemur located in Southeast Asia is a much more rare version of the flying squirrel and is rarer. The main areas in which to find these cute creatures are in the Malay Peninsula, Java or Sumatra. What makes the Flying Lemur so unique from other gliding animals is the fact that their gliding membrane is larger giving them more air when gliding. Most of the time you will only find these creatures high up in trees as they are useless on the ground. However, when they are up high they can soar upwards of 100 meters.

22 Nicobar Pigeon In The Coastal Regions From The Nicobar Islands In Southeast Asia

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The Nicobar pigeon is way more interesting than any dull grey pigeon you may see in New York City. The Nicobar pigeon is much more colorful with a body full of rainbow colors. Everything from iridescent greens, coppers, and blues to the red legs and white tail make this one of the most pleasing birds to look at. However, the bird is very hard to find and is currently facing endangerment of extinction. They are commonly found in the Nicobar Islands located in Southeast Asia and if you are lucky enough to find one make sure to cherish the moment as they may not be around much longer.

21 Emperor Tamarin In Forests Of South And Central America

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The first thing most people notice about the Emperor Tamarin is the long white mustache it is rocking and this is actually where it gets its name. The Emperor Tamarin's name comes from Wilhelm II who wore a similar mustache. The mustache also resembles that of old wise men and it looks as if you were to ask the monkey a question it would respond in a riddle. They can be found in Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia forests and can usually be seen with around 5-8 other Tamarin's as they like to stick together.

20 Venezuelan Poodle Moth In Venezuela

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The Venezuelan Poodle Moth was discovered rather recently in 2009 by Dr. Arthur Anker in Venezuela. Many may see the Poodle Moth and recognize it as a Bombyx mori silkworm but the two are entirely different animals despite looking strangely similar. The large amount of hair on the moth serves more purpose than to just give it its looks. Its hair is used for smelling and defense purposes along with the two large antennas on its head. These are much more appealing than the large brown moths we are used to.

19 Cock-Of-The-Rock In The Andean Cloud Forests In South America

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The Cock of the Rock bird seems to look more like a photoshopped image than an actual bird but these brightly saturated birds do exist and can be found in the Andean Cloud Forests in South America. They are the official national bird of Peru and what a bird to choose! The male Cock of the Rock birds emits a loud squealing noise when attempting to mate. If you are ever in the forests of South America and hear what sounds like a pig you could be underneath one of these amazing looking birds.

18 Jerboa In Deserts Like Sahara And Gobi

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The Jerboa is a small mouse-like creature that can be found in the desert. More specifically, they can be found in the Sahara and Gobi deserts and at first glance, they seem to be your everyday ordinary mouse, however, they have distinctly different features upon closer inspection. They have large legs that help elevate them off the ground and help them run fast. They also have large ears and have snouts rather than the traditional nose. They typically burrow into the desert sand when it gets gold and can be seen out and about in warmer conditions.

17 Glaucus Atlanticus In The Humboldt Current Ecosystem In Peru

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The Glaucus Atlanticus has taken on many nicknames due to its saturated blue color and how much it stands out against other sea creatures. The Atlanticus has also been called the blue angel or sea swallow. The blue on top of the body helps shield it from predators that are looking down upon it and the underside of the blue angel is silver helping it blend in with the surface of the water. The creature, while beautiful, is fairly dangerous as it has a wide range of stingers that it will attack in self-defense.

16 Hoatzin In South America, Guyana And Venezuela, And Amazonian Brazil

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The Hoatzin bird looks like something out of Game of Thrones or The Lord of the Rings and it is definitely a rare bird in real life being found in Guyana Venezuela, and Amazonian Brazil. They are reckless birds as when they take flight they don't care much for avoiding obstacles. They also emit a strange noise when flying and have been known to be called flying cows due to their size and the fact that they generally eat plants and leaves.

15 Panda Ant In China And Chile

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The Panda Ant gets its name from the shared colors it has with Pandas and while Pandas are cute and cuddly the Panda Ant is anything but. These ants are mainly found in China and Chile and aren't really ants as they belong to the Wasp family. They tend to be lone wolfs as they don't work as a team like most other ant and bug species. The male version of the Panda Ant has large stingers that are known to terrorize cows giving them the nickname 'cow killers'.

14 Dik Dik In Eastern Africa

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Dik Dik can seem like a cute and cuddly animal and shares characteristics with deer. However, the Dik Dik is actually a dwarf antelope and mainly reside in Eastern Africa. Their features include miniature horns, pointed snout, beautiful eyelashes, and fluffy tail all making them something you'd want to keep as a pet. Sadly, they act as prey for many predators out in the African wilderness. If you ever plan a safari you may have a good chance of catching a glimpse of one of these cute creatures!

13 Spiny Bush Viper In Central Africa

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These colorful snakes known as Spiny Bush Vipers reside in Kenya, Uganda, and Congo. They share characteristics with other snakes but due to their color and their spiky scales, they resemble more of a mythical creature such as a dragon. The Bush Viper gets its name from the fact that they tend to hide in flowering bushes. Sadly, there isn't much more known about the Spiny Bush Viper as they live far from humanity and scientists haven't been able to study the creature to its full extent.

12 The Ruff Bird In Marshes And Wet Meadows Across Northern Eurasia

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The Ruff Bird is anything but rough as they seem to be one of the most regal looking birds out there. The Ruff Bird is most commonly recognized by there strange hair that seems to resemble a puffy wig. The Ruff Bird usually forms a large group of other Ruff Birds and when they sense danger they will all flock together and fly to another location. If you are lucky and in the Northern Eurasia area you may be able to see a large flock of them flying around. You will be able to tell it's them based on their strange haircut.

11 Halitrephes Jelly In Mexico

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This strange jellyfish creature was only discovered as of 2017 by the vessel known as Exploration Vessel Nautilus. The Halitrephes Jelly looks like a firework that went off underwater and it is truly amazing to look at its neon colors. The jelly was caught on camera at 1225 meters below sea level and seeing as it has just now been discovered there isn't much more known on the creature. If you would like to see the video in which this majestic creature was discovered you can find it here.

10 Axolotl In Lake Complex Of Xochimilco Near Mexico City

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You may have seen this smiling creature surfing around the internet in a few viral videos as it is very cute and has some unique features. The Axolotl can be found in Xochimilco near Mexico City and that is the only place they can be found. The strange creature has a unique ability similar to that of starfish where they regenerate any part of their body. That includes organs and other appendages. They also stay the same baby age for their whole life meaning they will never grow out of being cute.

9 Shoebill In East Africa

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The Shoebill located in East Africa seems to be a bird that is always judging everything and looks like it will harm you if you get too close to it. The Shoebill shares similarities in features to herons, storks, hamerkops, and pelicans. However, they have some unique features that they bring to the table like the fact that they can stay completely motionless for long periods of time. So much so that many people who encounter these birds will think that they are fake props.

8 Thorny Dragon In The Deserts Of Central Australia

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These small lizard-like creatures look to be the most dangerous animals on this list due to their small spikes all over their body. The Thorny Dragon can be found in just about every desert in Australia and usually cover themselves in the dirt to stay cool in the 50 degrees Celsius temperatures in these deserts. The main thing these creatures eat is ants and they can go through upwards of a thousand ants a day. If you are wandering in any of the Australian deserts you may come across this spiky creature but it may be best to get your picture from a safe distance.

7 Long-Wattled Umbrellabird In Western Columbia And Ecuador

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This strange looking bird is known as the Long-Wattled Umbrellabird and it has some unique features such as a large umbrella-like hairstyle that drapes over its beak. These are most prevalent in the male versions of the bird as they are sometimes much smaller on the females or completely gone. This large inconvenience makes it hard for these birds to fly anywhere so they try to stay as stationary as possible. Their loud caws can be heard from anywhere in Columbia and Ecuador so get searching!

6 Mudskipper In The Indo-Pacific, From Africa To Polynesia And Australia

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These strange water creatures can be found in the Indo-Pacific region and in Australia. These creatures can be found mainly on mud flats but they can also be seen in estuaries and swamps. The main thing these creatures are known for is their ability to skip over the water and their overall ability to glide over water. The Mudskipper can breathe in and out of the water so it has many opportunities for prey. They usually try and catch stuff that is smaller than them and are quite strange creatures.

5 Bearded Vulture In The Mountainous Regions From Europe Through Much Of Asia And Africa

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The Bearded Vulture is one of the rarest forms of bird in Europe and typically stays high up in the mountains of Europe and Asia to Africa. The vulture is quite large and features indistinguishable colors from other vultures. Around 200 years ago when they were first discovered they were known as bone breakers and would often steal sheep and other cattle from farmers. Because of this, they were often hunted making their population much more scarce than it could be with only around 600 to 800 vultures left.

4 Markhor In Northern Areas Of Pakistan

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These strange goat-like creatures can be found in central and northern Pakistan, northeastern Afghanistan and Kashmir. They feature spiraled horns that are unique to their species. The horns on males can grow to be one and a half meters in length and can be very dangerous to the Markhor's enemies. The Markhor is coming close to extinction with only around 2,500 of them left. They are known as the national animal of Pakistan as they are most commonly found there.

3 The Blue-Footed Booby In Central And South America

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The Blue Footed Booby looks like something that came from a character creation that went wrong. The name comes from the bright blue feet on the bird which the males use to attract females. It is confirmed that the bluer the feet of the bird is the better chances it has at mating. The Blue Footed Booby lives on the coast of South and Central America and is commonly seen in hunting groups looking for food such as fish and other seafood. They are great in the water but look right out goofy on land.

2 Irrawaddy Dolphin In The Bay Of Bengal And Southeast Asia

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The Irrawaddy Dolphin is unlike the typical dolphins we are used to as their snout is much shorter and acts more like a stub than a snout. These strange aquatic creatures can be found in the waters of Southeast and South Asia. They typically travel in small groups of 3-6 dolphins. They are usually seen on the surface to get air before returning to the sea. They can hold their breath up to 15 minutes before having to return to the surface. They are fairly friendly animals like the typical dolphins we are used to.

1 Pangolin In Central And Southern Africa, India And Across Southern Asia

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These strange creatures look to be from another planet but they are native to Africa. They can be most commonly compared to armadillos as they roll up into a ball if danger presents itself. Doing this will make them appear like a rock to other creatures creating great camouflage for their surrounding environment. They also emit a strange smell that is similar to a skunk that helps fend off predators. Sadly, the Pangolin is becoming a very endangered species due to poachers.

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