7 Bizarre Animals That Can Be Mistaken For Mythical Creatures, But Are Strangely Real

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Nature is really unique and fantastic. As human beings, we have always been curious about things we don’t know and this thirst for knowledge has led us to make wonderful and amazing discoveries. Same goes for the animal kingdom, there are some unique species of animals that live in the most abandoned areas of the world. We may not have much knowledge about these species, but we are trying to get to know them better.

In the latest update on the animal kingdom, here are some species of animals that you had no idea existed till now.
 

1. The Shoebill

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This animal is also referred to as a the Shoe-Billed Stock or Whalehead due to the shape of its bill. They are found in the dark marshy lands of East Africa mainly extending from Zambia to Sudan. They have uniquely large blue feathers and can grow till the height of about 150 cm.

 

2. Okapi

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This animal may seem like a hybrid between a zebra and a horse, but shockingly it belongs to the giraffe family. It can be found in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa.

 

3. Pacu Fish

BRAZIL: Comparison of a Pacu's teeth to human teeth.  Pacu fish, cousins to the piranha and known as "frugivores," have human-like teeth that can crack nuts and fruits.  In the Amazon regions, the biggest threat to the Pacu is commercial fishing. (photo credit © Julia Dorn)
BRAZIL: Comparison of a Pacu’s teeth to human teeth. Pacu fish, cousins to the piranha and known as “frugivores,” have human-like teeth that can crack nuts and fruits. In the Amazon regions, the biggest threat to the Pacu is commercial fishing.
(photo credit © Julia Dorn)

This fish has human-like teeth in its mouth and is nicknamed, the ball-cutter, for obvious reasons. The Pacu Fish is a native of South America and is closely related to the piranha fish.

 

4. Panda Ant

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Although, ants can be pretty annoying, but what if we were to add some fur with a panda print on them? They would probably look too adorable. Even though its name contains ‘ant’, its actually a species of the wasp. It may look small and cute but this native of Chile has a really bad sting.

 

5. The Narwhal

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Only found in the Arctic ocean, this species of whale looks like a hybrid between a whale and unicorn! It seems pretty mythical owing to its large horn but we wouldn’t want to get in contact with that large horn.

 

6. The Red-Lipped Batfish

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Native of the Galapagos Islands, one won’t find this species of fish swimming around because it is known to use its pectoral fins to walk at the bottom of the ocean. Probably ashamed of the permanent bright shade of lipstick?

 

7. Sea Pig

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Despite the name, these species have no relation with pigs. They rather resemble sea cucumbers and are found at great depths like 1000 meters of the ocean bottoms. They have large tubed feet and really have a resemblance to pigs.

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