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Scariest Animals in The World

Mother Nature must be quite the artist! She has given us the very best, and the most beautiful, of all creatures, great and small. Yet, when we look at the mirror of our world, we see the ordinary, as well as the terrifying, as beautiful as well. Join us as we take a look at some of the world’s ugliest animals.

Black Dragonfish

The black dragonfish — Idiacanthus atlanticus — is a rather strange-looking, long and slender fish that lives in the mesopelagic and bathypelagic waters of the world’s oceans, typically being found at depths of between 5000-7000 feet.

Black Dragonfish

California Condor

The California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) is a New World vulture, the largest North American land bird. This condor became extinct in the wild in 1987 (all remaining wild individuals were captured), but the species has been reintroduced to northern Arizona and southern Utah (including the Grand Canyon area and Zion National Park), the coastal mountains of central and southern California, and northern Baja California. Although other fossil members are known, it is the only surviving member of the genusGymnogyps. The species is listed as critically endangered by the IUCN.

California Condor

Chinese Horseshoe Bat

Scientists say they’ve produced “the clearest evidence yet” the SARS virus originated in Chinese horseshoe bats and that direct bat-to-human transmission is “plausible.” The 2002 severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) pandemic was one of the most significant public health events in recent history and researchers have been studying the virus to better understand how it is transmitted to prepare for future outbreaks.

Chinese Horseshoe Bat

Giant Isopod

There are 20 known species in the genus Bathynomus;  B. giganteus, or the giant isopod, is the biggest. Yes, they’re kind of creepy looking. But they’re also kind of cute! Here are a few things we know about these Internet-beloved creatures.

Giant Isopod

Giant Japanese Salamander

Japanese giant salamanders are about 55 pounds and five feet long. Brown and black skin helps them blend in with the mud, stones, and plants of the streambeds where they live. Their broad, flattened bodies are streamlined for swimming at the bottom of fast-moving water. Giant salamanders are covered in mucus, which protects their bodies from abrasions and parasites. When irritated or grasped, they produce a milky, sticky secretion that smells like Japanese peppers. The giant salamander absorbs oxygen through its skin. Loose folds of skin along its sides increase surface area to help absorb even more oxygen.
Giant Japanese Salamander

Baby aardvark

The Aardvark (Orycteropus afer) is a medium-sized, burrowing, nocturnal mammal that is native to Africa. It is the only living species of the order Tubulidentata. baby aardvark