Appreciating Odd Animals


A fun interest to talk about would be fascinating, often peculiar animals, from all time periods. For example, have you ever heard of a Trilobite Beetle? These fun creatures are interesting in the fact that the females of the species look like an entirely different species! They’re twice the size of males, much more colorful with their vibrant orange rims, and often behave differently as a result of their size. Males, on the other hand, are dull, brown beetles that pale in comparison with their mates.

Another, much older example, is the first ever predator, Anomalocaris. This creature is deemed as the first ever apex predator, ruling the oceans of the Cambrian period, before land was populated. Their odd shapes, advanced eyes, and shattering grips made them unstoppable, as most animals of the time period used shells and other natural armors to deflect or dodge the typical dangers of the deep. Anomalocaris’ feelers were able to flip over bottom-dwellers and access their weak spots, on top of being able to snap shells with enough pressure.

On the subject of bottom-dwellers, crabs are all very interesting, although one of the much more widely appreciated kinds of creatures. The idea of carcinization is becoming wider spread knowledge through the use of memes and even a song (which is called ‘Not Another Crab’ by Louie Zong, for those looking for a fun, silly song on the subject) which is wonderful. For those who aren’t aware, though, carcinization is the idea that all marine crustaceans eventually evolve into another type of crab, with their rounded, flat bodies and claws. This theory is heavily supported by documented species and evolutionary chains throughout history. Mother nature simply values them as perfect, we can assume.

Mola Mola fish, also known as the ocean sunfish, are an enormous type of passive fish that drift near the top of the ocean, basking in the sunlight for their energy while making little effort of their own to go very far away from the current. This could have been a different case had it not evolved into such a lumpy, friendly-looking mess of features, but it still survives nonetheless, a testament to all feeling useless. Divers often find themselves chilling out with the friendly behemoths, as they don’t have much of a reason to attack, anyway.

While there are many, many more examples out there, it’s much more fun to reach out and find them for yourselves, through means such as clicking a bunch of random links in Wikipedia or simply searching ‘weird animals’ and following the rabbit hole there. Who knows, maybe you’ll find one that will become an inside joke among your peers or family.