First of all I wanted to say thank you to everyone as I've just hit 57 followers. The fact that anybody would want to read my little blog is amazing to me. I'm not an established fashion blog, aren't particularly funny, crafty or a photographer so it does mean a lot that that number is, in my eyes, quite high considering the above, so thank you! I don't have the means to do a give-away at the moment but in the future, possibly once university is well under way, I shall sort it then.
On a different note, Discovery's new programme, Mutant Planet, featuring the weird and wonderful the world over has got me sucked in already. A lot of readers will know how much I adore nature and animals and reading up about them and finding out more, they always continue to amaze me, so I thought I'd share with you my favourite "weird" animals, haha, enjoy!
- Leafy Sea-Dragon
Photo from Wikipedia
The name alone is magical enough but as these delicate seahorse-like creatures drift about in the water, their leaf-shaped fins resembling a piece of seaweed, only a swivel of a tiny eye would give this beautiful creature away. This stunning video, from the amazing BBC documentary Life, shows a lovely scene featuring two sea-dragons in a courtship dance under the waves in the moonlight. The leafy sea-dragon gets top marks for camouflage from me.
2. The Axolotl (pron. ajolote)
Photo found via Google
This cute, pink salamander originates from the lake underneath Mexico City, which sadly no longer exists, and can regenerate body parts which has led to them being used in scientific research! These little aquatic creatures are also kept as pets throughout the world and are referred to as Wooper Rooper in Japan. They are also commonly known as Mexican Walking Fish, and despite being amphibians they spend their entire lives under the water!
3. The Aye-Aye
Photo from National Geographic
This bug-eyed little creature is part of the lemur family and uses it's index finger to tap on the outside of trees to draw larvae to the surface. Disgusting to most but the aye-aye loves grubs and the rest and when it can hear the little mites close to the surface of the bark, he opens the bark and using a very long middle finger, reaches inside and pulls the grub out. If you saw an aye-aye in the middle of the night with it's large eyes and odd fingers, you'd forgiven for thinking this little lemur was an alien!
4. The Dumbo Octopus
Photo via Google and National Geographic
So nick-named for their cartoonish appearance, this little octopus lives at living at extreme depths of 3,000 to 4,000 metres, with some having been found at under 7,000 metres, which is the deepest of any octopus, under the ocean's surface, with it's little ear-like fins protruding from the top of it's head-like body. They are some of the rarest octopi in the world, and hover above the sea floor searching for worms. Cute but en efficient hunter!
5. The Pebble Toad
Photo from the BBC website
This little toad, only an inch long, lives on and around volcanoes in Venezuela, and though there are no snakes compared to the forest below, there are tarantulas with fearsome fangs, but the little pebble toad has an ingenious way of escaping. He can't hop, so he tucks his legs in tight like a rubber band and rolls away from danger, like a light-weight rubber ball. Because of it's size, the toad doesn't hurt itself as it barrels away from possibly predators. Amazing. You can see the amazing rolling here.
6. The Sunfish
Photo from the Monterey Bay Aquarium website
The ocean sunfish is the heaviest bony fish known to man and is native to tropical and temperate seas, living on a diet consisting of jellyfish. They swim primarily in open waters alone and they can be as tall as they are long when their fins are extended. I think they are amazing to look at and are a sight to see in the open waters.
7. The Peacock Spider
Though a tiny jumping spider the reason this brightly coloured insect is on my list is due to their mating dance. When attracting a female, the males dance about, shaking their abdomens and raising their legs into the air before spreading their abdomens, which have a flap of coloured skin over them, high into the air like a peacock. Truly beautiful! There's a video of the amazing moment here.
So there's my pick of my favourite "weird" animals. I'm going to leave it there because any more and I'm going to slow down all your computers! I hope you're all having a good week and that the weather's been brightening up like it has here for you all.
Do you have a favourite "weird" animal?