Goddammit, Evolution! What are you even doing?!

Here you will find some of the more unusual and weird turns evolution has taken. From strange looks to unusual adaptations and weird niches. Also things I find unreasonably adorable.
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thegreenwolf:

This, my friends, is the silky anteater. They almost look more like something out of the Frouds’ studios than a living creature! They’re the world’s smallest anteater, and they can be found from southern Mexico down into a large portion of northern South America. Its fur helps it stay camouflaged, as it resembled the fluff on the seed pods of silk cotton trees. 

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molotovriot:

space-tart:

astro-stoner:

hohokev:

why do jellyfish only sting when theres physical contact

why doesnt the electricity just surge throughout the entire ocean

why dont jellyfish rule the world

Fun fact!  Jellyfish don’t use electricity to sting you.  Whenever they feel pressure against their tentacles, it causes its cells to rapidly send out these stingers into your skin that then release its venom.  Like this:

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rhamphotheca:

The short-snouted seahorse, Hippocampus hippocampus, is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea and parts of the North Atlantic. It is found in shallow muddy waters or rocky areas, in estuaries or inshore amongst seaweed and seagrasses, clinging by the tail or swimming upright. Many of the habitats of this species have been degraded by humans, and animals located in the habitat are vulnerable to incidental capture in other fisheries. More about this seahorse: Encyclopedia of LifeImage by Hans Hillewaert via Flickr 

rhamphotheca:

The short-snouted seahorse, Hippocampus hippocampus, is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea and parts of the North Atlantic. It is found in shallow muddy waters or rocky areas, in estuaries or inshore amongst seaweed and seagrasses, clinging by the tail or swimming upright. Many of the habitats of this species have been degraded by humans, and animals located in the habitat are vulnerable to incidental capture in other fisheries.

More about this seahorse: Encyclopedia of Life

Image by Hans Hillewaert via Flickr 

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stumpytheorca:

Meet Stumpy - A young female Orca from Norway.

Born scientists guess around 1995 and first photographed in 96 this makes her about 17 years old. She has been spotted living with 5 different orca groups all whom have been seen protecting her and in 2012 documented helping her eat. Biting a salmon in half and giving the other half to stumpy.

Stumpy also uses more energy than other whales requiring 2 tail flicks for the average orcas one, its why i guess she often swims in a ‘calf’ position next to larger whales staying in their slipstream to keep up. Its probably also why her growth is stunted.

Not only is this quite something to witness  but also that orca have that almost human compassion to take care of the lesser able. It also means great things for the captured orca Morgan’s possible release back into the wild as Stumpy shows that new orca can be readily accepted into other pods.

Information:

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dollymacabre:

mszombi:

malformalady:

Rhinoceros beetle hitching a ride in Costa Rica. These harmless beetles reach the size of 6.75 inches (170 mm) in length

I want one to be my friend

Seconded.

dollymacabre:

mszombi:

malformalady:

Rhinoceros beetle hitching a ride in Costa Rica. These harmless beetles reach the size of 6.75 inches (170 mm) in length

I want one to be my friend

Seconded.

fuckyeahaquaria:

Bearded Fireworm | Hermodice carunculata

“When bearded fireworms come to the surface to mate, the females start to emit a greenish phosphorescent glow. This attracts the males, which dart towards the females, emitting flashing lights at the same time. As the different sexes approach each other, the sex cells are shed and combine.” -

(by Philippe Guillaume)

fuckyeahaquaria:

Bearded Fireworm | Hermodice carunculata

When bearded fireworms come to the surface to mate, the females start to emit a greenish phosphorescent glow. This attracts the males, which dart towards the females, emitting flashing lights at the same time. As the different sexes approach each other, the sex cells are shed and combine.” -

(by Philippe Guillaume)

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