In their works, science fiction writers try to create unusual creatures that will amaze the reader’s imagination. However, sometimes there is no need to make such things up because some really strange creatures live in our world — all you need to do is to look around.
5 Fun Facts collected creations of nature that seem to have come out of the pages of science fiction books.
“I found these weirdly solid purple globs of goo on the beach.”
Actually, it is a tunicate — a marine animal that is found in the seas around the world. It got its name thanks to its gelatinous outer covering that looks like a tunic.
This thing could play the part of a dragon egg in Games of Thrones.
It’s a cone of the Bunya pine (also known as Araucaria bidwillii), which is an evergreen coniferous tree. Its height can reach 14″, and its weight can be up to 7 lb.
“I need the same hairdo as this guy.”
This unique creature is an axolotl and is also known as the walking fish. Its peculiarity lies in the fact that it reaches puberty at the stage of the larva. Moreover, the axolotl has the ability to restore lost parts of its body.
“I wouldn’t want to find THIS in my cup.”
It’s a type of sea slug from the Pterotracheoidea marine superfamily. Thanks to their “trunks,” they got their alternative name: sea elephants.
It seems aliens are already among us.
These are insects from the Coccoidea superfamily. There are about 3,000 species known to science, some of which are used in the food industry for the production of carmine.
This is a sea anemone. It eats fish and small invertebrates by paralyzing and killing the prey. Its name was derived from its similarity with the flower of the same name.
“At first I thought it was a cobblestone, but it has roots.”
Polypore is a type of fungi that grow both on trees and on the soil.
When I went to sleep with wet hair:
It’s an ophiuroid (or a brittle star). Its name was given due to the rays that resemble wriggling snakes when moving.
“It seems these fish have started to evolve.”
Lycodes reticulatus is a fairly rare species of fish that lives at a depth of 320 to 2,000 ft.
“Found hanging from a tree. Feels like cotton.”
Some species of insects lay eggs on the branches and leaves of plants, resulting in this pathological formation called gall.
Nature probably created this thing as a decoration for Halloween.
That’s Aseroe rubra fungus. Its top is covered with brown mucus, and it exudes a smell of rotten meat.
“Resembles me on Monday mornings!”
This thing is called the Dumbo octopus (or grimpoteuthis). It got its name in honor of the eponymous cartoon character because of the shoots that look like elephant ears.
Jabuticaba is an evergreen plant that forms its fruits not on the branches but on the trunk. The berries are used for food, while its flesh is used for making jelly, marmalade, juice, and even wine.
It seems these eggplants should be thrown away.
In fact, these are sea cucumbers. There are more than 1,150 types of them, some of which are used as food.
That’s the one who should have the main role in toothpaste commercials.
Promachoteuthis sulcus is a poorly studied species of squid. Its distinctive feature is a special fold of fabric that resembles human teeth.
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