15 Strange Animals You Wouldn’t Believe Actually Exist

With Pokémon Go rearing to take over our lives, we’d like to swoop in for a moment and remind everyone that the real world is already filled with bizarre and fantastic creatures. Here are some of them:

14. Dumbo Octopus

dumbo octopus

All octopuses in the genus Grimpoteuthis are nicknamed “dumbo octopuses,” due to the ear-like fins that protrude from their head.

13. Lamprey


Lampreys are ancient jawless fish that are mostly considered as parasites. They have a toothed, funnel-like sucking mouths.

12. Fossa


The fossa is a relative of the mongoose and is unique to Madagascar.

11. Star-nosed Mole

star-nosed mole

The star-nosed mole has a rose-colored ring of fleshy, retractable tentacles surrounding its nose. It is commonly found in Canada and some parts of the United States.

10. Yeti Crab

yeti crab

Discovered in 2005 on a hydrothermal vent near Easter Island in the South Pacific Ocean, the yeti crab or Kiwa hirsuta is an unusual, hairy crab with no eyes.

9. Japanese Spider Crab

japanese spider crab

The giant spider crab is the largest known species of crab, with a leg span that reaches up to 4 feet. It can also live up to 100 years.

8. Bush Viper

bush viper

Bush Vipers are native to tropical subsaharan Africa. They are venomous and are usually confined in rain forests.

7. Blue Parrotfish

blue parrotfish

Blue Parrotfish is found on coral reefs in shallow waters in western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. They have a yellow spot in their head which fades as they grow older.

6. Okapi


Okapis are found only in the forests of northeastern Zaire. And although they look like a cross between a horse and a zebra, they’re more closely related to giraffes.

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