Goliath birdeaters are ridiculously huge for a SPIDER.
Their leg span approaches 30 cm (nearly a foot) and they weigh up to 170 g — about as much as a young puppy.
OCTOBER 23RD 2014 updated
HAS A CLUE
A “half-human creature” has been
born to a sheep in Nigeria.
A “apeman” found in the jungles of Brazil
His giant lips and furrowed brow and awkward monkey-like gait appear to be simian, the Dutch magazine Het Leven, published this picture in 1937
Brave guy Hugs
They call him the
Trapdoor spiders (superfamily Ctenizoidea, family Ctenizidae) are medium-sized mygalomorph spiders that construct burrows with a cork-like trapdoor made of soil, vegetation and silk. Some similar species are also called trapdoor spiders, such as the Liphistiidae, Barychelidae, Cyrtaucheniidae and some Idiopidae and Nemesiidae. Some Conothele species do not build a burrow, but construct a silken tube with trapdoor in bark crevices.
A hungry individual will wait halfway outside of its burrow for a meal. Male trapdoor spiders can overcome the female’s aggressive reactions to their approach, but it is not known how. Females never travel far from their burrows, especially if they have an egg sac. During this time, the female will capture food and regurgitate it to feed her spiderlings. Enemies of the trapdoor spider include certain pompilids (spider wasps), which seek out the burrows and manage to gain entrance. They sting the owner and lay their eggs (usually one per spider) on its body. When the egg hatches, the larva devours the spider alive.
Unlike other mygalomorph spiders, the Ctenizidae have a rastellum on the chelicera. Resembling “teeth” or “barbs” on each fang, this modification is used to dig and gather soil while constructing a burrow. They use their pedipalps and first legs to hold the trapdoor closed when disturbed.
There are about 120 described species of trapdoor spiders.
Golden orb weaver spider eating a bird
This guy is the blue-ringed octopus. It likes to hang out in tidal pools in Australia, and has some of the scariest venom present on Earth. It’s capable of camouflage, like most other octopi, chilling out in disguise and waiting for passing shrimp to eat. It’s generally a pretty docile creature, only stinging humans when they, say, don’t see it because it’s bloody camouflaged and step on it. It’s beak is strong enough to pierce a wetsuit, and it has the most potent venom of any of its kind. It doesn’t just kill you – that would be too merciful. First it blinds you, kills your ability to speak and swallow, renders you numb, and then paralyzes you utterly, sending you into respiratory arrest. Note that nowhere in this list of symptoms is unconsciousness. You’re left perfectly awake and aware, trapped in the frozen, senseless prison of your body, unable to scream, move or breathe. There is no known antidote; the only way to survive a blue-ring sting is through artificial respiration. The venom dissipates in 24 hours, and if you receive breathing assistance all through this period, you’ll be able to walk away with no lingering damage. Except for the nightmares that will now define your newly sleepless nights.
It is basically a normal octopus, except it does lots of things other octopuses don’t do, like living close to the surface in the open sea. Or like secreting a paper-thin eggshell that is not in any way a cepahopod shell like the Nautilus‘, since the females can leave and reenter the shell, which is not attached to the body(the males don’t secrete these shells, they prefer to watch sports and drink beer, that’s why they rarely grow larger than 2cm, as opposed to the 10cm body, 30cm shell sized females). They hold it with two of their arms instead.
is not a plant.
its a type of starfish that looks like a walking thornbush.
It’s a fish with a transparent head. It’s eyes are those green things pointing straight up underneath it’s clear head, so stuff doesn’t get in them.
Neat new ‘psychedelic’ fish, courtesy of National Geographic.
Fossils of Hallucigenia leave no obvious indication of its head end, and it seems to have pairs of long spines on one side but just a single row of softer limbs on the other. Early fossils also had a large, featureless knob at one end of the body. This led its discoverer to reconstruct it like this.
And if we’re going to talk prehistoric organisms, there’s no age like the Cambrian age! Before the dinosaurs, before the giant amphibians, before any vertebrates or terrestrial animals at all, the world was home only to sea-dwelling invertebrates, many of which have no modern equivalent. For millions of years, Anomalocaris may have been the largest predator in the world at roughly one meter in length. The T-rex of “bugs.”
Enypniastes eximia, the Swimming Sea Cucumber.
This strange fish was caught in Asia, THERE IS SOME STRANGE STUFF DOWN THERE
“Wolf trap” anglerfish are probably my favorite group of fish, and in my opinion, the very strangest looking. They have huge, protruding upper jaws that close lengthwise, like the leaves of a venus fly trap or the covers of a book. once the prey is encaged in this manner, it opens the smaller lower jaw to suck it inside.
That is the Black Dragonfish. It’s a voracious deep-sea hunter.
Pinchy the land-loving lobster. These things are very weird. They bust open coconuts with their big claws. Yes, they get enormous, and they live on land, all the time. I saw one in a pet shop in San Diego about 10 years ago. It was about a foot long. There was a large sign that exclaimed, “DANGEROUS! DO NOT PUT HANDS OR FINGERS IN CAGE!” Yeah, no shit. A friend told me that these are eaten in the Philippines, since the Coconut Crab’s diet of coconuts makes their crabmeat extra sweet. Yum!
saddlebag catterpillar moth, Why’s it called that anyway?
Pompeii Worms live in black smokers. No, not the human variety, but instead, the type of hydrothermal vent that spews out superheated volcano water at extreme temperatures that may reach 400C.
“the worms have been found to thrive at temperatures of up to 80°C (176°F), making the Pompeii worm the most heat-tolerant complex animal known to science after the tardigrades (or water bears), which are able to survive temperatures over 150ºC.”
Meet Barry, the four-feet long giant sea worm recently found to be residing at the bottom of an aquarium tank in Cornwall. His bristles are capable of inflicting permanent numbness
The Goliath Spider
The largest known spider in the world (note the disturbing italics), the Goliath spider is commonly found in the jungles of South America, and have a 30 centimeter legspan. They can move with disturbing speed, and will fucking hiss at you when pissed. These spiders can defend themselves by biting, or by kicking sharp hairs towards their perceived assailant. These hairs can be severely irritating to the skin and lungs, and have been reported to feel like shards of fiberglass. Their bite is not generally considered dangerous, but I defy you to look down and see one of these things attached to your leg by the fangs, staring up at you with eight black, soulless eyes and ever sleep again.
A fucking mondo spider named for delicious yellow fruit.
These things are EVERYWHERE in Florida. And for persons such as myself who are abso-fucking-lutely terrified of spiders, banana spiders Are scary. Any arachnophobias who so much as steps into a wooded area of Florida is %132456 to walk right into one of these rainbow demons. And when you suddenly become entangled in the strongest fiber on Earth and have a murderous spiky spider the size of your head running on your face making it worse, you will shit fear.
A fucking mondo spider named for delicious yellow fruit.
These things are EVERYWHERE in Florida. And for persons such as myself who are abso-fucking-lutely terrified of spiders, banana spiders Are scary. Any arachnophobias who so much as steps into a wooded area of Florida is %132456 to walk right into one of these rainbow demons. And when you suddenly become entangled in the strongest fiber on Earth and have a murderous spiky spider the size of your head running on your face making it worse, you will fear.
A few more
“Grideyes” are abyssal fish with flat, bioluminescent plates instead of eyes, sensitive to light and dark. Nothing is known of their lifestyle.
DEEP WATER ANGLER FISH
THE GOD MAKES SOME AMAZING CREATURES
BLACK BLOCKED PORCUPINE FISH
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