Monday, June 17, 2013


The Four-headed Penis of  the Tasmanian Echidna
The Tasmanian Echidna has one of the world's strangest penises - it has four heads. The reason for this is still a mystery. WTF?

Photograph by Lucy Cooke

The "Happy Spider"
Found only on the islands of Oahu, Molokai, Maui, and Hawaii, the happy face spider, such as this one guarding its eggs on a leaf in Maui, is known for the unique patterns that decorate its pale abdomen. Scientists believe Theridion grallator may have developed its distinctive markings to discourage birds from eating it

Photograph by Darlyne Murawski

The "Blob" Fish
Inhabiting the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania, the blob fish (Psychrolutes marcidus), is rarely seen by humans.

Blobfish live at depths between 600–1,200 m (2,000–3,900 ft) where the pressure is several dozen times higher than at sea level, which would likely make gas bladders inefficient for maintaining buoyancy. Instead, the flesh of the blobfish is primarily a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water; this allows the fish to float above the sea floor without expending energy on swimming. Its relative lack of muscle is not a disadvantage as it primarily swallows edible matter that floats in front of it.

The Soft-shelled Turtle that "Pees Through It's Mouth"
A sharp-snouted turtle found in China often submerges its head in puddles on dry land, a mystery given that these animals breathe air. Now, scientists say they've figured out why: The Chinese soft-shelled turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis) can essentially pee from its mouth.

Photograph from FLPA/Alamy

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