Saturday Surprise — Strange Animals

Hello friends and welcome to the WEEKEND!!!  I know, I know … I’m retired, and every day is a weekend, or so you think.  Let me clue you in … being retired is hard work!  I swear I work harder now than I did when I worked and got paid for it! This week has been the week of mishaps.  First, while I was cleaning the intake vent to the furnace, using the hand vac, it decided to eat my hair, travel up to my head and smack me in the cheek, right under the cheekbone.  Then, the next day two of our Significant Six got into the worst fight, wouldn’t separate just by me yelling and spraying water, so Miss Goose and I were injured in the process of separating them.  Then today, as I was trying to get a new furnace filter from the storage rack upstairs, my hand slipped, and I ended up with a two-inch gash on the top of my wrist.  No, I am not typically accident-prone, but this has just been one of those weeks.  I’m glad the weekend has finally arrived, for I was considering, upon the suggestion of a friend, wrapping myself in bubble wrap!

Remember last September when one of my Saturday Surprise posts featured really strange and unusual animals? I enjoyed doing that one (you know I love anything with animals!) and you guys got a kick out of it, so last night I went in search of some more strange critters and guess what?  I found some!

Now this first guy reminds me of my late Aunt Mildred who always wore entirely too much lipstick … bright red, of course, and always insisted on giving everybody big kisses!

red-lipped batfish

Red-Lipped Batfish

Found on the Galapagos Islands, this fish is actually a pretty bad swimmer, and uses its pectoral fins to walk on the bottom of the ocean.

I’m pretty sure I would not like to run into this critter while paddling about in the sea …

goblin shark

Goblin Shark

This rare shark is sometimes even called a “living fossil”, and “is the only extant representative of the family Mitsukurinidae, a lineage some 125 million years old.” Goblin sharks inhabit around the world at depths greater than 100 m (330 ft), with adults found deeper than juveniles. Given the depths at which it lives, the goblin shark poses no danger to humans.

I swear this one does not look real, but looks like a creation from the mind of an artist or sci-fi writer. I like bugs fine, but if I saw this one in my vicinity, I don’t think I would stop to chat.

umbonia spinosa

Umbonia Spinosa

These thorn bugs are related to cicadas, and use their beaks to pierce plant stems to feed upon their sap. Their strange appearance still poses many questions to scientists.

And you thought you were having a bad hair day?

Streaked Tenrec

Found in Madagascar, Africa, this small tenrec is the only mammal known to use stridulation for generating sound – something that’s usually associated with snakes and insects.

I love shrimp, but … I really don’t think I would want to eat one of these.  However, they certainly are colourful!

mantis shrimp

Mantis Shrimp

Also called the “sea locusts“, “prawn killers” and even “thumb splitters”, this is one of the most common predators in tropical and sub-tropical waters; little is known about them, however, because of how much time they spend hiding in their burrows.

This one is definitely not for snuggling!

thorny dragon

Thorny Dragon

Coloured in camouflaging shades of desert browns, this lizard has a “false” head, which he presents to his predators by dipping the real one.

Isn’t he just too cute?

naked mole rat

Naked Mole Rat

There are many different kinds of mole rats. The best known is probably the naked mole rat, whose hairless, tubular, wrinkled body makes it appear a bit like a tiny walrus—or perhaps a bratwurst with teeth.

You’ll never guess who this big guy is related to …



These enormous vegetarians can be found in warm coastal waters from East Africa to Australia, including the Red Sea, Indian Ocean, and Pacific. Dugongs are related to manatees and are similar in appearance and behavior— though the dugong’s tail is fluked like a whale’s. Both are related to the elephant, although the giant land animal is not at all similar in appearance or behavior.

How ‘bout a little kissie?

star-nosed mole

Star-Nosed Mole

If you were to come face to face with a star-nosed mole, you might think its head had been replaced by a tiny octopus.  Though nearly blind, this mole is astonishingly speedy: The world’s fastest eater, it can find and gobble down an insect or worm in a quarter of a second.

Last but not least, I will do the un-thinkable and repeat one from the post last year … the Aye-aye … because I just think he is so adorable, in a funky sort of way.


Due to its bizarre appearance and unusual feeding habits, the aye-aye is considered by many to be the strangest primate in the world. It is the world’s largest nocturnal primate. Unusual physical characteristics include incisors that are continually growing (unique among primates), extremely large ears, and a middle finger which is skeletal in appearance, and is used by the animal as a primary sensory organ.

Okay, folks … there are more, but I shall save those for another day, another post.  I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend.  Keep safe and be happy!

17 thoughts on “Saturday Surprise — Strange Animals

  1. These are some fearsome and unusual animals, Benjamin will love them! Some of these we have seen before, most recently that naked mole rat, that is neither a rat nor a mole…but it is ugly. He will love the video, although I may have to turn the singing off! Thank-you!

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    • Well I’m happy that I gave you something to smile about on this Saturday morning! I make you frown and scowl often enough … it’s only right that I bring out a smile every now and then!


  2. There was an umbonia spinosa
    And a Tenec from Madagascar
    A goblin shark terrible
    And a bat fish, kissable
    in competition for animal most peculiar

    Wow, this was a hard limerick to come up with… No matching animal names…

    I actually knew the Dugong, Aye, Aye, Mole Rat, and Star-Nosed Mole. The others were all a revelation. It shows that what we don’t know, far outweighs what we do.
    Life long learning is so important. 😊

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  3. Until the advent of the Internet not many of us knew what fun pandas had! I can certainly say I didn’t know most of these creatures existed and maybe some look so strange,just because they do, there is no reason! Don’t you think the naked mole is a bit creepy, but perhaps that is how furry mammals see humans – bare skin – yuk!

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