Weird Animal Photos: 7 Bizarre Creatures You Won’t Believe Are Real

It's hard to believe these odd-looking critters actually evolved to look this way. Here, the new book WTF, Evolution?! critiques some of Earth's wackiest creatures.

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Pignose frog

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Really, Evolution? You've had 130 million years to work on the pignose frog, and this is the best you could do? Did you maybe boil it too long?

FYI: The pignose frog spends most of its life burrowed underground, emerging for only a few weeks every year to breed. Hey, there's someone for everyone. (Don't let these 12 animal myths fool you any longer!)


Striped leaf nosed bat

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Evolution accidentally dropped this bat on the floor but was too embarrassed to say anything so just pretended it was actually supposed to look like that.

FYI: Leaf-nosed bats' nasal folds act like megaphones to amplify the high-frequency sounds they use to hunt. Their giant ears make excellent receivers—but they're pretty embarrassing on school picture day. (Surprise! These 8 animals are smarter than you!)

Galapagos batfish

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Clearly, Evolution meant the red-lipped batfish to be a work of satire, not meant to be taken as a literal "animal," which would of course be ridiculous.

FYI: Beneath the batfish's noselike protuberance dangles a small, retractable lure. Scientists aren't sure exactly how the fish uses the lure—nor have they had the heart to tell them how silly it looks. (Here are the true stories behind the animals that changed history for the better!)


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Why so gloomy, babirusa? Is it because Evolution gave you some weird extra tusks that are useless, too brittle to fight with, and may eventually grow so long that they curve around and fatally puncture your skull? Could that be it?

FYI: A babirusa's tusks start out growing inside its mouth, then pierce through the skin of its face and just keep going. Talk about a nightmare of orthodontia. If you think these animals are bizarre, prepare to be grossed out by these animals that will make your skin crawl!

Bearded pig

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Hey, Evolution, I know that beards are in and all, but I think you may have put this pig's on backward. Or upside down. Or inside out? Possibly all three.

FYI: Bearded pigs use their scruff to dig around for roots, fungus, and bugs to eat. They also snarf down plants, small birds, and the occasional orangutan carcass. (It's a pain getting the gristle out of your beard, though.) For more chuckles, steal a line or two from these animal jokes that will have everyone in your office howling. *No pun intended.*

Ocean sunfish

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Hey, Evolution, do you think maybe you forgot something here? LIke, I don't know, the entire back half of the fish?

FYI: From above the water, sunfish have occasionally been mistaken for disembodied swimming dolphin heads. (These 6 furry animals are more than just cute, they're extraordinary heroes.)

Whitemargin stargazer

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Dark thoughts keep Evolution awake some nights. It tosses and turns, tormented by visions of twisted creatures. To feel normal, Evolution tries to bury these demons. The darn things keep poking their heads out, though.

FYI: Dangly lures inside stargazers' mouths attract critters for these bottom-dwellers to snack on. They may also eat souls, although biologists have yet to confirm this. (Did you know that there's a difference between a poisonous animal and a venomous one? Check out these animal distinctions we bet you never knew!)

See More Fascinatingly Creepy Creatures

Intrigued by the incredible—and often inexplicable—forms of life on our Earth, science writer Mara Grunbaum began showcasing her favorite examples on Tumblr. Now you can marvel at more than 100 of Evolution's greatest hits and misses in her new book WTF, Evolution?!: A Theory of Unintelligible Design (Workman). Take a break from these strange creatures and check out the most adorable photos of the sweetest animals.

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