Earth is home to millions of different species ranging from tiny micro organisms to the giant blue whales found in all of the world’s oceans. Whilst we are aware of many weird and wonderful creatures, in 2012 there are still over 80 per cent of them which are presently undiscovered. However this year there has been some interesting new discoveries which have delighted scientists who have dedicated years of their time to find answers to common questions. It has to be said, some of these new finds are somewhat bizarre looking and below we take a look at five of the best. Thanks to the curious minds at Chessington for rounding up this freaky list of nature’s little accidents/wonders from around the world.
The ‘It’s not what it looks like!’ Snake
You saw that right. It’s inevitable that the first sight of this one will be greeted with fits of laughter because the ‘Atretochoana eiselti’ (or trouser snake, to you and I) found in Brazil’s Amazon jungle, looks unequivocally like a rather well-endowed Johnson that even John Holmes would blush at. Six of these eyeless snakes were found at the bottom of the Madeira River and scientists believe that it breathes through its skin. It is without doubt one of the most amusing biological finds to date. Hard to decipher whether or not this could be classed as NSFW.
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As with most discoveries, this primate was found by a group of scientists who were originally in Burma participating in surveys on gibbons. The monkey, which looks like a cross between a 1950’s greaser and a latter day Michael Jackson, was discovered in the mountains of Myanmar. Its unfortunate nose is upturned to such an extent that it actually sneezes when it rains. Local hunters say that ‘Rhinopithecus strykeri’ can be seen with its head down between its knees to avoid inhaling water on wet days.
Let’s face it, nobody likes wasps. Unlike bees, they contribute absolutely nothing to society and have no use whatsoever; other than to instil abject fear if they come within a few feet of us with the ever present threat of a painful sting. The ‘Kollosmosoma sentum’, however, is a much fiercer breed of wasp. Why? Because it actively makes a point of hunting down ants to impregnate. It only takes a fraction of a second for the wasp to strike and lay its eggs in the abdomen of the unfortunate ant. A horrible little inter species rapist which is as evil as it looks!
This species was found in the gold mines of South Africa. It’s remarkably unusual due to its size and the fact that it was discovered at a depth of 1 mile under the surface and has a remarkable ability to survive at such high temperatures and pressures. This was the reason it was named ‘Halicephalobus’mephisto after the devil in the Faust legend. It is said to be the deepest multi cellular organism that has ever been found.
Beauty isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when we think of spiders but the Sazima tarantula can be considered just that as it has a striking blue colour and iridescent in nature. The spider which was found in Brazil and named after one of the country’s top zoologists is usually located on the picturesque table top mountains. The species is particularly vulnerable due to its low population in the precious ecological environment.