December 26, 2022

The Top 10 Strangest Animals in the World

By Sona Mathews

The world is full of weird and wonderful creatures in many forms. So, let's look at the top ten strangest animals in the world.

From land animals to creatures of the sea and beyond, there's probably no way you're aware of every animal species on Earth, of which there are 8.7 million that we know.

The Top 10 Strangest Animals in the World: eAskme
The Top 10 Strangest Animals in the World: eAskme

Experts predict that around 7.5 million species of animals are yet to be discovered worldwide.

So, while it will be difficult to narrow down, let's look at some of the strangest animals in the world and where they live.

10. Stonefish:

Deemed the most dangerous fish in the world, stonefish are venomous creatures that can be fatal to humans.

Their deceptive appearance makes them some of the strangest animals in the world.

If you came across one of these creatures in the rock, you would probably assume it was merely a rock. This adds to the dangerous nature of the stonefish.

9. Venezuelan Poodle Moth:

Only discovered for the first time in 2009, the Venezuelan Poodle Moth is one of the most peculiar-looking creatures you'll ever see.

This alien-like creature gets its name from its fur-covered body that resembles a poodle. The fur covers its head, thorax, abdomen, and wings, making it one of the strangest animals in the world.

8. Dumbo Octopus:

While the Dumbo Octopus is a strange creature of the ocean, it is also pretty adorable. We think it would make a great Disney character.

This species of octopus prefers extreme depths of the ocean, something unnerving yet fascinating.

Because of this, it means that they are rarely spotted by humans and aren't really under threat from human activities like fishing.

7. Irrawaddy Dolphin:

Found in the Bay of Bengal and Southeast Asia, Irrawaddy Dolphins certainly aren't your typical dolphins.
Their unexpected appearance makes them one of the strangest animals in the world.

While most dolphin species have small heads and long faces, this dolphin has a round head with no distinct beak-like nose and mouth. These unique features make it pretty adorable.

6. Sunda Colugo:

Native to Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore, this adorable creature is also known as the Sunda Flying Lemur. However, it isn't a lemur.

It does not fly; rather, it glides. This funny little animal is active at night and feeds on soft plants for sustenance, like flowers, fruits, and leaves.

5. Dik-Dik:

Dik-Dik is the name given to any of the four small antelope species in the genus Madoqua. These strange creatures are found in the bushlands of Africa, mainly in the east and the south.

While they have the same stature as a deer, like big eyes and pointed ears, their small, pointed mouths make them stand apart.

4. Mata Mata:

Mata Mata is a turtle species like no other you've seen before. These freshwater turtles are found in South America and have the most interesting appearance.

Unlike regular turtles, they have big, flattened heads in somewhat of a triangular shape with many flaps of skin and a 'horn; on the end of their long snout.

3. Superb Bird-of-Paradise:

Any fans of David Attenborough and his many nature shows will be familiar with the Superb Bird-of-Paradise, otherwise known as the Greater Lophorina.

As this bird's female species is scarce, male competition is fierce. Therefore, they have one of the most elaborate and fascinating mating dances ever.

2. Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko:

This interesting gecko lives on the island of Madagascar. Its leaf-life appearance certainly makes it one of the strangest animals in the world.

This particular camouflage is probably one of the best in the Animal Kingdom as it would blend in any leafy environment.

1. Halitrephes Jelly:

Enchanting, beautiful, and mysterious, the Halitrephes Jelly is known as the firework jelly thanks to its incredible appearance.

While this jellyfish is quite small, it is certainly unique in appearance.

It was first discovered in 1909 and can usually be found in the deeper reaches of the Eastern Pacific Ocean.


When it comes to strange animals, the Narwhal is no exception. This medium-toothed whale is known for its large, protruding spear-like tusk from a protruding canine tooth.

It is found in the arctic and is a valuable animal in Inuit communities. If you've ever seen Elf with Will Ferrell, you will certainly recognize this funny animal.

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