It is hard to believe that some animals are terrifyingly scary. These animals are not just scary but some are disgusting to look at. Nature is so amazing to have created such weird beings on our planet. There are thousands of animal species around the globe, but some of them are worth looking at. You do not get a chance to see these animals daily. Few of these animals are found in deep oceans while others are found in remote places and forests on earth. Not all parts of the earth are with these animals. These terrifying animals look like as if from an alien or fantasy world to creep us out.
Check these 10 most terrifying animals ever found on earth which are creepy as well as rare:
10. Giant Isopod
These animals are distant relatives of shrimp and crabs. They are the largest isopod in the world. The Giant isopod has unique and peculiar shield on its body similar to woodlouse on land. Giant isopods live in the cold, deep waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. This terrific looking animal is not only creepy but are good attackers at their prey. They are generally scavengers and are mostly carnivorous. These giant water animals are known to survive over five years without food in captivity. French zoologist Alphonse Milne-Edwards became the first to define the genus of this animal after his colleague collected a juvenile male B. giganteus in 1879. Giant isopods belong to the genus Bathynomus and are known to have existed more than 160 million years ago. This weird-looking animal is a delicacy in Taiwan.
9. Lobster Moth Caterpillar
This moth/caterpillar looks like a big lobster with its browny coloration and bulky swollen muscles. Lobster moth caterpillar is a unique creature that can easily scare anyone. One entomologist called it ‘the crustaceous fish’. It was even thought to be a poisonous beetle. These caterpillars are one of the most extraordinary in the natural world. They have an outstretched claws and its body swell and cantilever back on itself like a lobster’s tail. The moth is found in the entire Palearctic ecozone except the North of Africa. The larvae of the moth can grow to a length of 70 mm and if disturbed by a potential predator which can put the moth on a menacing display with the thoracic legs splayed out and the head arched back over the body.
8. Star-nosed Mole
The 22 mobile, pink, fleshy tentacles (called rays) at the end of the snout makes the star-nosed mole a terrifying animal on earth. The small mole is found only in wet low areas in the northern parts of America. The tentacles on their snout have 25,000-minute sensory receptors, known as Eimer’s organs which can accurately detect seismic wave vibrations. The star-nosed mole can easily smell underwater by inhaling air-bubbles. Since the star-nosed mole is functionally blind, the tentacles on its snout was long suspected to be used to spot electrical pulses in prey animals, though little, if any, verifiable support has been found for this theory.
7. Goliath Tigerfish
Goliath tigerfish are a highly predatory and deadly freshwater fish found in the rivers of Congo. The “deadly by looks” fish grows to a weight of 50 kilograms. They are large-toothed and can grow to a length of 4.9 ft. They are one of the most fearsome fish ever seen by anyone. Their temperament is not at all cool like their razor-sharp teeth. In front of a Goliath tigerfish, piranhas look like cats. Due to the large water system of the Congo River, the Goliath tigerfish has lots of space to lurk in these waters. They have the reputation as “one of the best freshwater fighters” among sport fishermen. When these monsters open their mouth in an encounter, you will definitely run for your life.
6. Deep Sea Hatchetfish
The deep-sea hatchetfish is a weird-looking fish from the dark Marina Trench which has a unique hatchet shaped body. There are around 45 types of hatchetfish in the ocean. These odd-looking bio-luminescent fish have skinny bodies and silvery scales which has the property to counter-illuminate. Counter-illuminating means that these animals can alter the brightness of their glow depending on how much light is filtering from above. This is a clever camouflage technique to escape from its prey. The deep-sea hatchetfish are found in the waters of Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean at a depth range of 50 to 1,500 meters. The biggest setback to their scary looks is their tortured eyes and gaping mouth that reminds us of zombies.
5. Promachoteuthis Sulcus
Promachoteuthis sulcus is a species of squids with human like teeth. P. Sulcus is known to the world from a single specimen caught by a German research vessel R/V Walther Herwig in an open net off Tristan da Cunha, southern Atlantic Ocean at a depth of 2 Km in 2007. The squid has eight arms and two large tentacles. The odd teeth like feature are actually their lips. It was just one inch in size but with the human like teeth with a mix of squid features. These features can scare us out to give nightmares. Not much detail is known about the creature like its actual size, evolution, body systems and eating habits. There must be more such bizarre creatures in our ocean.
Viperfish at the first glance looks like a machinery. A robot with deadly features and scary elongated structure of viperfish is something terrible to the eyes. They have needle like sharp teeth and they are available in the deep parts of the ocean. The unusual looking fish can grow to a length of 30 to 60 cm. These fishes dive at a depth of 250–5,000 feet in the ocean. They come in a wide range of colors and have a light-emitting organ known as photophores. Viperfish species are thought to live for 30-40 years in ocean but can’t survive for more than an hour in captivity. The weird species of the ocean look like their body is covered in scales; it in fact is covered by a thick, transparent coating of unknown substance.
Fangtooth is an example of how terrifying the marine life must be on our planet. As the name suggests, the deep-sea creature is famous for its terrifying looks. Though, they have terrifying teeth and unapproachable visage, this animal is harmless to humans. We do not have a good understanding of the fish which is from a beryciform fish family. The deep-sea creature lives in tropical and cold-temperate waters. Fangtooth has the largest teeth of any fish in the ocean. They are among the deepest living fish which dive at an incredible depth of 16,000 ft. These animals are little different from other deep-sea fish as they can live up to months in aquariums.
2. Frilled Shark
Frilled shark is a different shark altogether. It looks like a combination of anaconda snake and shark. It is one of two extant species of shark in the family Chlamydoselachidae. They exist in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Their long and extremely flexible jaws enable them to swallow their prey whole. They capture their prey by bending the body and lunging forward like a snake. Frilled sharks have needle-like teeth. The frilled shark exhibit several primitive features which gave them the name “living fossil”. The strange appearance and elongated eel-like body have earned them the name “a mythical sea serpent”.
1. Cthulhu Larva
Cthulhu larva is a type of sea cucumber known as abyssal sea cucumber. They are a deep-sea Holothurian and one of the most scary looking animal. They are mostly found in abundance in the Demerara Abyssal Plain. Cthulhu larva may exist in other parts of the oceans in the world except the North Atlantic Ocean. They are also known as sea pigs due to their resemblances to pigs. They are one of the most successful sea dwelling animals in the world due to their weird shape and features. It might scare other animals it encounters. A cthulhu larvae is only few inches long and has no face and eats mud. One of the main threats to them is deep-sea trawling.