Remarkable Creatures: Unveiling Nature's Most Unique Animals

By Sophia Maddox | February 27, 2024

The Bony Fish are some of the biggest creatures in the sea

The animal kingdom is a vast and varied group of creatures, many of which we'll never get a chance to see up close. Thankfully, we've got plenty of photos of the most bizarre animals in the world to show you what you're missing. Whether you're curious about the strange fish that live in the depths of the open ocean, or nocturnal creatures who live in the trees of Africa we've got you covered.

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Most fish in the sea are considered to be bony fish, but this big boy is the king of them all. This huge creature is a Mola alexandrini ocean sunfish, initially it was believed to be a Mola mola, but recent research has helped to re-identify the animal. Sunfish are the largest bony fish known to man, and due to their size they grow into strange shapes - often resembling discs or wagon wheels.

While this huge fish holds the title as the world’s heaviest bony fish, the largest recorded catch was actually a M. alexandrini, or a southern sunfish, caught in 1996 off Kamogawa, Japan. It would seem that there are some very big boys out in the eastern sea. 

The Mexican Alligator Lizard is endangered and beautiful

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The endangered Mexican alligator lizard is a gorgeous small invertebrate that more closely resembles a curved piece of turquoise than a member of the animal kingdom. They tend to be slow-moving, however when they feel threatened they can run away with the best of them. These lizards mainly live in high elevation cloud forests in Central America, specifically Mexico and Guatemala.

The Mexican alligator lizard has a healthy diet of bugs that are low in protein like caterpillars, grasshoppers, and katydids, although during the summer they don’t each as they’re preparing to breed. Locals believe that these lizards are venomous, but fortunately for collectors that’s not the case.