Strange and unusual creatures

A look at the strange creatures that roam our planet.

Researchers estimate that more than 14,000 tubeworms live in this 'bush' discovered at an extremely rare hybrid hydrothermal vent — methane seep site in the deep sea. Such structures are vulnerable to disturbance from fishing, mining and energy
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Researchers estimate that more than 14,000 tubeworms live in this 'bush' discovered at an extremely rare hybrid hydrothermal vent — methane seep site in the deep sea. Such structures are vulnerable to disturbance from fishing, mining and energy
This is the new species of springtail, Pygmarrhopalites maestrazgoensis.
Bizarre Insectlike Creatures Discovered in Spanish Cave
This is the new species of springtail, Pygmarrhopalites maestrazgoensis.
This picture taken through a special filter in a dark room shows, a cat, left, possessing a red fluorescent protein that makes the animal glow in the dark when exposed to ultraviolet rays, appearing next to a normal cloned cat, right, at Gyeongsang National University in Jinju, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007. South Korean scientists have cloned cats that glow red when exposed to ultraviolet rays, an achievement that could help develop cures for human genetic diseases, the Science and Technology Ministry said. (AP Photo/ Yonhap, Choi Byung-kil)
Strange creatures
This picture taken through a special filter in a dark room shows, a cat, left, possessing a red fluorescent protein that makes the animal glow in the dark when exposed to ultraviolet rays, appearing next to a normal cloned cat, right, at Gyeongsang National University in Jinju, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007. South Korean scientists have cloned cats that glow red when exposed to ultraviolet rays, an achievement that could help develop cures for human genetic diseases, the Science and Technology Ministry said. (AP Photo/ Yonhap, Choi Byung-kil)
This image released by the New England Aquarium shows a one-pound female lobster, known as a "split," that was caught by a Massachusetts fisherman last week and arrived at the aquarium in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Officials say such rare Halloween coloration is estimated to occur once in every 50 million lobsters. (AP Photo/New England Aquarium, Emily Bauernseind)
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This image released by the New England Aquarium shows a one-pound female lobster, known as a "split," that was caught by a Massachusetts fisherman last week and arrived at the aquarium in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Officials say such rare Halloween coloration is estimated to occur once in every 50 million lobsters. (AP Photo/New England Aquarium, Emily Bauernseind)
A rudimentary fused mouth with no known function is among the millipede's oddities, as are hairs on its back that produce a silklike product. "There was this huge amount of neat detail that we're just scraping the surface of," Marek said.
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A rudimentary fused mouth with no known function is among the millipede's oddities, as are hairs on its back that produce a silklike product. "There was this huge amount of neat detail that we're just scraping the surface of," Marek said.
The old female pliosaur sported huge jaws (its lower jaw shown here with researcher Judyth Sassoon) and teeth about 8 inches (20 centimeters) long.
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The old female pliosaur sported huge jaws (its lower jaw shown here with researcher Judyth Sassoon) and teeth about 8 inches (20 centimeters) long.
The elephantnose fish (Gnathonemus petersii).
Elephant-Nosed Fish Has Funky Eyes, Too
The elephantnose fish (Gnathonemus petersii).
Siboglinids (left), which lack a mouth and digestive system, live inside tubes (right) in methane or sulfide-rich environments.
Newly Discovered 'Methane Seep' Hosts Strange Creatures
Siboglinids (left), which lack a mouth and digestive system, live inside tubes (right) in methane or sulfide-rich environments.
This undated photo released by Kenneth C. Catania of Vanderbilt University showing an adult star-nosed mole. The mole literally inhales its food, taking less than a quarter of a second to identify a piece of food, grab it, eat it, and then look for more. (AP Photo/Vanderbilt University, Kenneth Catania)
Strange creatures
This undated photo released by Kenneth C. Catania of Vanderbilt University showing an adult star-nosed mole. The mole literally inhales its food, taking less than a quarter of a second to identify a piece of food, grab it, eat it, and then look for more. (AP Photo/Vanderbilt University, Kenneth Catania)
Phylis Canion holds the head of what she is calling a Chupacabra at her home in Cuero, Texas, Friday, Aug. 31, 2007. She found the strange looking animal dead outside her ranch and thinks it is responsible for killing many of her chickens. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Strange creatures
Phylis Canion holds the head of what she is calling a Chupacabra at her home in Cuero, Texas, Friday, Aug. 31, 2007. She found the strange looking animal dead outside her ranch and thinks it is responsible for killing many of her chickens. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
In this photo taken Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Palestinian zoo owner Mohammed Awaida holds a mummified monkey at the Khan Younis zoo, southern Gaza Strip. There is an afterlife for animals at Gaza's Khan Younis zoo. Animals who die in the dilapidated park come to life again as stuffed creatures. But because the taxidermy in the impoverished Palestinian territory relies on techniques available on the Internet, the unusual wildlife experience of petting a lion, tiger or crocodile can be a grim one.(AP Photo/Adel Hana)
In this photo taken Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Palestinian zoo owner Mohammed Awaida holds a mummified monkey at the Khan Younis zoo, southern Gaza Strip. There is an afterlife for animals at Gaza's Khan Younis zoo. Animals who die in the dilapidated park come to life again as stuffed creatures. But because the taxidermy in the impoverished Palestinian territory relies on techniques available on the Internet, the unusual wildlife experience of petting a lion, tiger or crocodile can be a grim one.(AP Photo/Adel Hana)
In this photo taken Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Palestinian zoo owner Mohammed Awaida holds a mummified monkey at the Khan Younis zoo, southern Gaza Strip. There is an afterlife for animals at Gaza's Khan Younis zoo. Animals who die in the dilapidated park come to life again as stuffed creatures. But because the taxidermy in the impoverished Palestinian territory relies on techniques available on the Internet, the unusual wildlife experience of petting a lion, tiger or crocodile can be a grim one.(AP Photo/Adel Hana)
FILE - This file photo made Tuesday, June 26, 2012, by Rebecca McAleney, shows a bright orange, left, a bright blue, right, and a calico lobster at New Meadows Lobster in Portland, Maine. Scientists are seeing a boom in the number of blue, orange, yellow and calico-colored lobsters in the past two years, leading them to ask why they're getting more reports of rare-colored lobsters showing up in fishermen's traps. (AP Photo/Rebecca McAleney, File)
FILE - This file photo made Tuesday, June 26, 2012, by Rebecca McAleney, shows a bright orange, left, a bright blue, right, and a calico lobster at New Meadows Lobster in Portland, Maine. Scientists are seeing a boom in the number of blue, orange, yellow and calico-colored lobsters in the past two years, leading them to ask why they're getting more reports of rare-colored lobsters showing up in fishermen's traps. (AP Photo/Rebecca McAleney, File)
FILE - This file photo made Tuesday, June 26, 2012, by Rebecca McAleney, shows a bright orange, left, a bright blue, right, and a calico lobster at New Meadows Lobster in Portland, Maine. Scientists are seeing a boom in the number of blue, orange, yellow and calico-colored lobsters in the past two years, leading them to ask why they're getting more reports of rare-colored lobsters showing up in fishermen's traps. (AP Photo/Rebecca McAleney, File)
A young girl views an exhibition of a sea spider during a press viewing of The Science Of Aliens at the Science Museum in west London, Thursday, Oct, 13, 2005. The exhibition made up of over 500 exhibits, explores humanity's emotional attachment to the search for alien life. The exhibition opens for public viewing on Saturday, Oct, 15, 2005. (AP Photo/Sergio Dionisio)
Strange creatures
A young girl views an exhibition of a sea spider during a press viewing of The Science Of Aliens at the Science Museum in west London, Thursday, Oct, 13, 2005. The exhibition made up of over 500 exhibits, explores humanity's emotional attachment to the search for alien life. The exhibition opens for public viewing on Saturday, Oct, 15, 2005. (AP Photo/Sergio Dionisio)
Overseer of small mammals at Bristol Zoo Gardens Caroline Brown with the young aye aye named "Raz", (Daubentonia madagascariensis) in Bristol Zoo in Bristol, England, Wednesday Jan. 9, 2007. The aye aye is only the second of his species to be born in Britain. The rare species of lemur, hunted to near-extinction and seen as a bad omen in its native Madagascar, has been born at the Zoo. (AP Photo/ Barry Batchelor
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Overseer of small mammals at Bristol Zoo Gardens Caroline Brown with the young aye aye named "Raz", (Daubentonia madagascariensis) in Bristol Zoo in Bristol, England, Wednesday Jan. 9, 2007. The aye aye is only the second of his species to be born in Britain. The rare species of lemur, hunted to near-extinction and seen as a bad omen in its native Madagascar, has been born at the Zoo. (AP Photo/ Barry Batchelor
A 35-cm-long (14 inches) 1.3-kg (3.9 pounds) Giant isopod picked up from 800-meter (2625 feet) deep water in the East coast of the United States is displayed at the New Enoshima Aquarium in Fujisawa, southwest of Tokyo, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
Strange creatures
A 35-cm-long (14 inches) 1.3-kg (3.9 pounds) Giant isopod picked up from 800-meter (2625 feet) deep water in the East coast of the United States is displayed at the New Enoshima Aquarium in Fujisawa, southwest of Tokyo, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
This still frame image from video provided by Bigfoot Global LLC, shows what is claimed by them to be a bigfoot or sasquatch creature in an undisclosed area of a northern Georgia forest in June 2008. (AP Photo/Bigfoot Global LLC)
Strange creatures
This still frame image from video provided by Bigfoot Global LLC, shows what is claimed by them to be a bigfoot or sasquatch creature in an undisclosed area of a northern Georgia forest in June 2008. (AP Photo/Bigfoot Global LLC)

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