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We have made so much way in our world in order to try to understand. At least, we would like to believe that at least in land, we pretty much know everything there is to know about the life, well that is except for many still hardly accessible rainforest, at least much of what we …   Read More

We have made so much way in our world in order to try to understand. At least, we would like to believe that at least in land, we pretty much know everything there is to know about the life, well that is except for many still hardly accessible rainforest, at least much of what we have not yet destroyed and there is also land masses like Antartica, which are still one of the last on-land frontiers for men. For those who spend most of their daily lives immerse in this urban jungle of concrete walls, WiFi and cellular communications, the idea of other complex creatures that roam the earth is hardly a thought, however when stop to think, there is still much more to be amazed about. Here are seven animals which will exactly do that:

The Albatross

The albatross being handled.

We all know seagulls very well, they are perhaps one of the most common and widely wide world spread sea bird on the planet. I should note that although Albatross may look like a giant seagull, it is not considered to be in the same genus, however there is a debate on their correct classification in the animal kingdom. However, how much do you know of the albatross of the king of sea gulls. Albatross are among one of the biggest flying animals with a wingspan of 12 feet across, their large wings makes them incredibly skilled at flying, they live up to 50 years of age. They are herbivores who feed on animals as large as a squid.

The mountain climbing goat

Mountain goals are known to be able to climb on mountains that are almost vertical.

Among on of the most incredible creatures there are those which stand out because their incredible abilities. It may not stand out by name alone, but the mountain goat has the capacity to climb very steep mountain terrains which are so hard to conceive. Unlike the made up stories surrounding of the proverbial ninja goat of the Himalayas, the mountain goat is the real deal. Mountain goats are able to jump up to 4 meters from slim surface and it is the primary reason why the number one cause of death for these creatures are falling accidents.

The harpy eagle

Harpy eagles stare and impressive head dress has been known to frighten its pray by their looks alone.

Many people don’t know this animal even exist, but the harpy eagle is one of the largest birds in the world. They are certainly the largest among eagles. Aside from their large size, their wing span can reach up to 7 feet across. Unlike their eagle counter parts, these birds don’t go and soar to search for food, they wait perched up on tall trees scouting from their canopy. The harpy eagle’s incredible power relies on their lifting strength known to picking up animals as large as sloths and monkeys.

The goblin shark

Incredibly hideous, yet real, after all they do not need to look nice, since they live in the bottom of the ocean where sun light does not reach.

Aside from being such a hideous creature, the goblin shark was long thought to be an urban legend – also in the internet people think this is a product of Photoshop – in areas of Japan, through they are also found in Mexico and some parts of the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. Goblin sharks live in water depths that makes them almost invisible to us and often they are unintentionally caught by big fisheries. The goblin shark is though a living fossil from a lineage of 125 million years of age. They are a unique sub species of shark and their look often gets confused among deep sea divers as deformed shark, while indeed their physical attributes are conducive to catching the type of food they survive from, such as crustacean bottom sea species.

The amazonian river dolphin

Amazonian river dolphins’ are the only type of cetaceans that are pink in colour.

The amazon river is indeed so vast it is home to more that there are between 20-40 million animal species. In fact, it is no wonder we should be able to find dolphins, sharks and other animals one perhaps does not imagine to find in a freshwater body of water. The amazon river dolphin is indeed the largest freshwater cetacean on Earth.  Although not as large as their cousins in the open sea, these creatures are lighter and smaller, which very much needed living in a such predatory environment where they need to be quick to swim away from danger. Like other species of cetaceans, amazon river dolphins are intelligent and also communicate via sonar.

The camel spider

Although urban legends – fueled by the internet – make them seem gigantic, the solifuge is just a bit larger than a tarantula.

The camel spider or solifuge is actually not really spider, but of the same family. They do not have a venenous sting or bite, nor do they make webs. The solifuge is a rare animal in that it resembles more a scorpion due to the hard shell abdomen and power jaws which are more resembling of a scorpion’s stinger than a spider’s mouth. Urban legend tell the stories of these animals being gigantic in size and often people who encounter them in semi dessert areas are so afraid of them, they tend evacuate their homes, however this animals’ potential is only reduced to their bite which can be painful.

The giant squid

Japanese researchers bring a live giant squid to shore.

We have all heard stories of the kraken, though not as large the giant squid is the closest thing to it. For long thought to be an urban legend, the giant squid is actually a real oddity of our world. The giant squid can get as large as 13 meters (or 47 feet). Before 2006, stories of a giant squid lived only as urban stories told in the coasts of Japan, where signtinigns were brought from fishers. However it was in 2006 that Japanese researchers actually managed to film the creature, documenting and eventually capturing some species, making the animal a part of real world.   The existence of creatures, much of which evade our conscious understanding of our world and the living creatures in it, represent but an example of just how much we have to learn about our earth, our oceans, our desserts, we think we have figured it all out while in fact there is much to still wonder about.

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