There are roughly 9 million species of animals that we share this world with. Some are cute and cuddly, and some are the things that make up nightmares. With 9 million species on this planet and with more being discovered daily there is no doubt that some of these animals that walk alongside us go unnoticed, But at Wild Side we embrace those freaky, funky, and awkward animals and want to share our love for them with you. We are going to share some of the most unique animals that roam the earth today. Mother nature hardly ever repeats its self so the fact that we share the world with some of these species today is amazing and the fact that we can learn about them is even more outstanding. These are just a handful of the 9 million species that live amongst us, but a weird and wild hand full it is.
The Axolotl also referred to as the Mexican salamander or a Mexican walking fish, is an amphibian from Mexico. These wild little creatures are amazing in so many ways but the one attribute that sticks out most is their ability to regenerate. Most axolotl never reach full maturity. Leaving most of their cells in a juvenile state allowing them to regenerate parts of their bodies that were injured or removed. These smiley little healers have largely influenced the scientific community not only for their ability to grow new cells and body parts but also for their resistance to cancer. Axolotls are one the most cancer resistant animals known today. But regardless of all the amazing qualities that these amphibians have, and what they have inspired in the medical field, these damn things sure are weirdly cute.
The Gerenuk looks like it would be the love child of a Giraffe and a Deer, but these long-necked animals are actually considered Gazelles. They live in the savannahs of Kenya where they have adapted well to their surroundings. Gerenuk’s where built for the droughts of Kenya with being able to go months without water and their long necks allowing them to reach the higher leaves on the local tree’s giving them a cutting edge on other plains animals. They may look a little odd but these things sure are tough.
Lamprey are the things nightmares are made of. At Wild Side we believe in embracing all things wild but these hell sent creatures send something fierce down our spine. The Lamprey is said to be around 300 million years old, and with populations in the healthy numbers found all over the globe it doesn't look like they are going anywhere soon. Lamprey has also been deemed the silent invader due to their ability to move through rivers and into lakes killing the native species in a very violent blood sucking way. The great lakes that border U.S.A and Canada, had such a large problem with Lamprey killing off the fish that they had to create a Lamprey repellent that would kill the larva of the demon leech allowing the fish population to rebound.
Looking like an alien straight from a Star Wars film the Saiga Antelope is a very unique animal not just because of what they look like but because of how short and odd their lives are. These long-nosed animals come from Central Asia, mostly residing in Kazakhstan. Since the day they are born Saiga are put to the test, a newborn calf will go from female to female in search of its mother facing rejection from each one until the calf is able to find its mom or dies. If these animals pass the first test of finding their rightful mother they now must walk hundreds of miles each year in search of water with 50 % of the animals dying in the first 6 months, and for the lucky survivors, they can look forward to a short-lived life of only 4 years on average. If all this death was not depressing enough the Saiga Antelope had its population whipped out by 50% in 2015 due to an unknown epidemic. These animals for some reason have adapted to die very easy and very fast, but who knows maybe their bodies are feeding the soil for some future life…
RED LIPPED BATFISH
The Red-lipped batfish kind of looks like a cross between your grumpy neighbor and a freaking fish. This weird little creature uses its feet like fins to walk instead of swim they live off the shore of a Galapagos Islands in about 3-6 meters in depth. The Red Lipped Bat Fish is an aggressive hunter feeding on smaller prey, so they look and act the part. Definitely only a face a mother can love.
Goblin Sharks are rare species of shark said to be about 125 million years old giving them the name "Living fossil". Even with the rarity of these animals, they are found in depths 100 meters below the surface in many parts of the world. With the Goblin shark having such deep living conditions and being so rare studying, them is some difficulty leaving us with a lot of unanswered questions, but what we do know certain is that jaw sure is wild.
The Barreleye Fish is an alien looking fish with a transparent head, and the reason why they got their name is because of those large barrels like eyes. The eyes on this animal point straight up giving scientist the thought that it lives below its prey, and its transparent head is said to help it see its food. The Barreleye Fish is thought to eat jellyfish and other deep-dwelling creatures, a fluid around the Barreleye fish's head protects it from stings and attacks from other fish. This fish lives in depths around 600- 800 meters, and just like many of the weird and wild creatures that live in those depths, they become very hard to study and observe.
Water bears, or called Tardigrades, are microscopic animals about 1mm in size, but don't let their small size fool you these things are as tough as they come. Water bears have been found on every corner of the earth and can survive practically every single condition. These little brick shit houses have survived the pressures of the deep ocean, boiling hot conditions of active volcanos, even survived the vacuum of space. There are about 900 known species of water bears and each one of them is amazing in their own way, some are cannibals and some can survive 10 times the x-ray radiation a human can. Yup these little bears can pretty much withstand every condition that is thrown at them and are thought to be from out of this world if you believe in evolution it is kind of exciting to see what the future holds for these things.
With these not even being a small percentage of the many amazing animals it is no shock that mother nature is full of surprises even with everything we know about the world our search to learn more continues. With every new species discovered it only raises a million more questions keeping our undying need to know more alive the world is truly wild and wonderful and the fact that we are all here right now is undoubtedly amazing.
STAY WILD AND STAY WEIRD.