Check out the strangest creatures found living in antarctica! This top 10 list of weird and bizarre discovered species has some unbelievable animals you won't believe actually exist!
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13. The Invertebrates
I'm going to start right now with a class of creatures that you likely wouldn't expect to talk about when discussing Antarctica...invertebrates. Or, creatures without a spine. You might even think that these creatures don't exist on this continent, but you would be wrong. In fact, about 67 different kinds of invertebrates live on this frozen tundra.
12. Blue-Eyed Shag
Ok, I'll be fully honest here, I put the Blue-Eyed Shag on this list because it looks strange, and then when I read up on it, it became even stranger. Let's start with some basics first. You might think that a Shag is a form of Penguin, but it's not. They're actually cormorants, which are a different definition of bird entirely, and in some ways, they're more efficient and talented than penguins are.
11. Eulagisca Gigantea
The less I talk about this one? The better, but I'll do it. This...thing...is found in the oceans around Antarctica, but hey, it counts. Besides, look at this thing! Just about everything here is strange or wrong, or VERY WRONG!
10. Colossal Squid
Sticking with the ocean creatures of Antarctica, let's talk about a creature that may have inspired a legend. The Colossal Squid is a very rare squid. Both to see...and to find. They only live near Antarctica in its cold waters, and its technically the only member of its genus, Mesonychoteuthis.
You ever hear the phrase, "He's got ice in his veins"? Meaning that they're cool and calm under pressure? Well, there's a fish that's like that, and it's literally called the Icefish. What's strange about them is that they're technically not just cold-blooded, they're just plain cold. In fact, their blood has no red blood cells.
8. Hairy Chested Hoff Crab
Let's have a little fun, shall we? Look at the name of this creature. What comes to mind when you hear it? I'll give you a hint, it should remind you of something famous. Give up? Well, this unique crab was named after the one and only...David Hasselhoff. No, I'm not kidding, apparently, when this crab was discovered, the person who found it noticed their hairy-like exterior and thought of David Hasselhoff.
7. Sea Pig
Another example of a strange name, the Sea Pig is almost exactly what it sounds like. ironically though, they are also known as sea cucumbers, which is again...strange. Also strange is how numerous they are. During a survey of the Antarctic waters, the BAS Royal Research Ship James Clark Ross, tried to catch and research as many animals as they could.
Let's keep things small for a bit, ok? If you look at the food chain of the Antarctic waters, you're going to see a very small, and very strange creature at the bottom. Krill. In fact, Krill are not only the food of many creatures in the ocean, including big things like whales, they're actually one of the most basic organisms in the food chain itself, which is no small feat.
5. Feather Star
My first entry was about the invertebrates of the Antarctic land, but what about the invertebrates of the Antarctic ocean? Well, that's another matter entirely, and one of the strangest ones has to be the Feather Star.
4. Basket Star
Yeah, from feathers to baskets, there's some weird stuff underneath the oceans of Antarctica. So, why does the Basket Star top the Feather Star? Well, it has to do with its looks. The feather star could be mistaken for a starfish of sorts because of its shape. The Feather Star though? Looks like a living tree with no leaves.
3. Soft Coral
It's coral...that's alive! Now, yes, coral is technically alive all over the world, but there's just something strange about this particular one that I have trouble explaining. It could be its flowery appearance, or the fact that it's able to survive in these cold waters, I don't know, but it's strange, I can attest to that.
No, not like actual human skates, they're called Skates, and they're actually one of the rarest creatures near Antarctica. What's also strange is that they're one of the last creatures to use their mouths for crushing their food and not just biting them. They crush shellfish into submission and eat their innards.
1. Comb Jellies
I can't even begin to describe just what these things are, but I'll do my best. Comb Jellies, despite what you think, are not Jellyfish, they are actually Ctenophora, which is a very special kind of see-through animal that can make its way through the oceans and look darn good doing it.