Remarkable Creatures: Unveiling Nature's Most Unique Animals

By Sophia Maddox | March 12, 2024

The rarely scene Dumbo Octopus, a fish with huge ears at the bottom of the ocean

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.

test article image
Source: (pinterest.com)

When discussing the dumbo octopus it’s important to note that this name doesn’t refer to one specific octopus, but rather an entire genus of octopus that lives deep in the open ocean. They’re rarely seen and live at depths of least 13,100 feet, possible deeper. This beautiful and rarely seen octopus is naturally rare, and in order to breed they reproduce whenever they come across a mate.

In order to make their way across the deep ocean they flap their ear-like fins, hence the name, and forage on pelagic invertebrates that swim above the sea floor. Due to the lack of predators for this octopus, it doesn't have the ink sack that many of its brethren contain. 

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

test article image
Source: (pinterest.com)

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.