Hi, it’s Katrina! Some earthly creatures are so unique in appearance,
they resemble something straight out of a sci-fi movie. From cute critters with fangs to frilly deep
sea creatures, here are eight of some of the most bizarre animals ever discovered. 8. Antarctic Icefish The Antarctic icefish was first caught off
the coast of Bouvet Island in 1927 by a biologist named Ditlef Rustad. He named it the crocodile fish due to its
long, toothed snout and protruding jaw. The large-eyed species, which was white in
some parts and transparent in others, had no scales. Rustad cut the pale fish open and discovered
that it also had colorless blood. Unlike other fish species, whose gills are
crimson from being soaked in oxygenated blood, the crocodile fish had white, milky gills. Biochemist Johan Ruud confirmed in a 1954
Nature paper that the Antarctic icefish lacks red blood cells and hemoglobin, an iron-rich
protein that gives blood its red color and transports oxygen throughout the body. It’s the only species without both hemoglobin
and red blood cells, out of roughly 50,000 known vertebrates. In lieu of hemoglobin and red blood cells,
the Antarctic icefish instead relies on oxygen dissolved in plasma. This method can only transport ten percent
of the hemoglobin-filled blood of most fish, which the icefish compensates for with a larger
heart and blood vessels, denser capillary beds, and a higher volume of blood. The adaptation to these evolutionary features
was hard, and the species likely only survived the initial loss of hemoglobin thanks to the
high oxygen content of the Antarctic Ocean. Having few competitors and predators also
probably helped. 7. Thorny Devil Like many other unique and dramatic species,
the thorny devil is endemic to Australia. It lives mostly in the arid shrubland and
desert of the central region of the country. It’s also known as the mountain devil, thorny
lizard, thorny dragon, and moloch. It has all kinds of nicknames because it makes
an impression on people! Most thorny devils are brown and tan in color. Their hue is a camouflaging feature that helps
them survive by blending into the desert because they are not very aggressive. These colors change, ranging from lighter
during the warm weather to darker during the cold weather. Survival in the desert is made even easier
by the lizard’s ability to collect water by touching it with any body part, thanks
to its ridged scales. What’s unique about the thorny devil is
that it’s covered in densely-packed, mostly uncalcified conical spikes. It’s like a baby dinosaur! The animal’s entire upper side is adorned
with these spikes, each one being no bigger than a rose thorn. In case you haven’t guessed, these spikes
are a defense mechanism, and are thought to dissuade predators from trying to swallow
the animal. In addition to being known for its spikes,
the thorny devil has a reputation for its distinctive gait, which involves taking a
few slow steps, stopping, and wobbling back-and-forth. This species also possesses a false head on
its back, which is made of soft tissue. When threatened, the thorny devil presents
its false head by lowering its head between its front legs. While they are super cute, well, I think they
are cute, since they are native to Australia, it is illegal to keep them as pets or export
them out of the country without a special license in order to protect them. 6. Hagfish The next time you’re having a bad day, be
glad you’re not a hagfish. They’re reputed for being the ugliest creatures
in the sea. (Although it might be a tie between the hagfish
and the blobfish, what do you think? Let me know in the comments!! The hagfish’s strange appearance isn’t
the only mysterious thing about it. Scientists aren’t quite sure whether to
classify it as its own group of animals, as a sort of link between vertebrates and invertebrates,
or if it’s more closely related to vertebrates. There are around 76 species of the homely
hagfish, and they are a member of the Agnatha class, which is dedicated to fish without
jaws. They dwell primarily in cold waters, and their
habitat ranges from shallow to as deep as 5,500 feet (1,700 meters) below the surface. Hagfish absorb nutrients through their skin
and can go months without eating. They have two rows of tooth-like structures
made out of keratin, which are used for biting into carcasses. When scientists observed 300-million-year
old hagfish fossils, they noticed that it’s changed very little since then. Tom Munroe, a fish zoologist at the Smithsonian
National Museum of Natural History, explained: “It’s an indication, not that they’ve
stalemated and are not evolving, but that they have arrived at a body plan that is still
very successful today.” Despite being widely considered repulsive,
the hagfish has its own holiday. Hagfish Day occurs on the third Wednesday
of October and is meant to remind people that even the ugliest creatures on earth should
be protected and respected. 5. Florida Softshell Turtle This is a mid-sized species native to the
southeastern United States. It dwells in freshwater habitats, including
ponds, lakes, swamps, marshes, and even drainage ditches. This mostly aquatic species is known for its
efficient digging and tunneling skills, as well as its ability to move swiftly on land
– for a turtle, that is. Unlike the hard, plated shell of most turtle
species, the Florida softshell turtle possesses a leathery, oblong, bumpy shell, ranging in
color from dark brown to olive green. Reaching up to 29.9 inches (76 cm) in length,
it’s the largest New World softshell turtle species. In captivity, the lifespan of this species
can exceed 20 years. One specimen, which was housed at the National
Zoological Park in Washington, DC, reportedly lived to be 36 years and eight months old. It’s unknown how long the Florida softshell
turtle lives on average in the wild. 4. Chevrotain The chevrotain, also called the mouse deer,
resembles a strange mix of a deer, mouse, and pig- with super creepy fangs!!. However, it is technically none of the three. While the chevrotain shares a suborder with
deer, it is not a “true deer,” and is classified as its own family, known as Tragulidae. The Tragulidae family is separated into 2
with the true chevrotains on one side and mouse deer on the other. Scientists have placed one species, the spotted
mouse deer, into its own subgenus, due to its mysteriousness. There are several species of chevrotain, ranging
in size from four to 33 pounds. (1.8 kg- 15 kg). I don’t know about you, but 33 pounds seems
kind of big, that’s the weight of a small dog! Creepy right?? This animal’s Dracula-like fangs stand in
stark contrast to its otherwise adorable appearance. These fangs are especially elongated in males,
who use them to bite each other. Told you, creepy! Luckily, the chevrotain’s thick coat and
strong neck and rump muscles protect it from bites. The chevrotain is known as an excellent diver
that plunges into the water and swims toward the bottom to evade predators. It avoids being picked up by the current by
scrunching along the waterbed and grabbing onto reeds if they’re available, and can
even hold its breath for up to four minutes. The chevrotain is considered a rather primitive
species and hasn’t evolved much throughout its existence. That’s actually pretty impressive because
that means it hasn’t needed to to! 3. Ocean Sunfish Mola mola, known more commonly as the ocean
sunfish, is the largest of all bony fish. Its appearance has been described as a “big,
floating blob” that “seems like only half a fish.” It developed this bullet-like shape because
its back fin never grows after birth, but folds into itself creating a rudder. The silvery, rough-textured fish can’t fully
close its mouth, due to its teeth fusing into a beak-like structure. In case you haven’t noticed these things
can get huge!! While the average is between 247 and 1,000
kg (545–2,205 lb), some large specimens have been found that weigh up to 2,268 kg
(5,000 lb). They love to eat jellyfish, but will also
eat other small fish and zooplankton. The sad thing is they are considered vulnerable
because they get caught in nets and will eat a lot of plastic since in the ocean, it resembles
jellyfish. This clumsy swimmer is known for becoming
overwhelmingly infested with skin parasites. They will invite small fish and sometimes
birds to help them get rid of the parasites by eating them off. The ocean sunfish will breach up to ten feet
(3 m) out of the water and land with a splash in an effort to shake them from its body. They’re considered very curious fish and
are known for coming up to divers to check them out. The ocean sunfish can be found in temperate
and tropical waters throughout the globe. Have any of you ever seen them in real life? Let me know in the comments below! 2. Gharial The gharial, also called the gavial, is related
to crocodiles and alligators. It spends most of its time underwater and
is only found in the rivers of northern India, and Nepal. This huge crocodilian grows between 12 and
15 feet long (3.6 m- 4.5 m) and weighs up to 2,000 pounds (907 kg). What sets it apart from its relatives is the
ghara, a large growth on the snout possessed by males. This body part is used during mating displays
and for communication. They use it to make all kinds of noises and
to blow bubbles! Unlike other crocodilians, the gharial does
not stalk or lunge at its prey. It can detect vibrations in the water, thanks
to sensory cells on its snout. The gharial zeroes in on its prey, usually
fish, by whipping its head from side-to-side. Then, using its jaw, which contains more than
100 teeth, the gharial snatches its dinner. The International Union for Conservation of
Nature, or IUCN, lists the gharial as critically endangered. Its numbers have decreased as much as 98 percent
since the mid-1990’s due to changes in its freshwater habitat and being hunted for traditional
medicine. In other words, human activities are the number
one threat to this species. 1. Leafy Sea Dragon The leafy sea dragon can easily be mistaken
for an aquatic plant, but it’s actually a fish. With leaf-like appendages that enable it to
blend perfectly among the seaweed and kelp of its natural habitat, the leafy sea dragon
is considered one of the most ornately camouflaged creatures on the planet. It’s closely related to the seahorse and
pipefish and is endemic to the waters off southern and eastern Australia. This unique dragon can grow up to 1 foot long
(30cm) and ranges in color from brown to yellow, with olive-hued appendages. The leafy sea dragon’s leaves, for lack
of a better term, are not used for swimming, as useful as they may seem for the task. This creature has very thin pectoral and dorsal
fins, which are almost transparent that it uses to flutter around. Its leaf-shaped appendages aren’t the only
feature that makes the leafy sea dragon unique. Like its relative, the seahorse, males are
responsible for giving birth. They possess a patch on the underside of their
tail, which is where females deposit eggs during breeding. After four to six weeks of incubation and
being carried by the male, the next generation of leafy babies are born. According to National Geographic, they are
listed as near threatened since so many divers were capturing them to keep in aquariums. In the 1990’s the Australian government
placed a complete protection on the species. Thanks for watching! Which one was your favorite? Have you seen any of these in real life?? Let us know any stories you have and also
let me know if you would like a part 2 because there is plenty more where that came from. Be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already
and I’ll see you soon!!

STRANGEST Animals In The World!

79 thoughts on “STRANGEST Animals In The World!

  • September 4, 2019 at 1:01 pm
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    Lol yeet

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:03 pm
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    Yeet

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:04 pm
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    loved your channel

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:04 pm
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    Hi it's katrina

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:05 pm
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    #1 – Humans who think they own the world

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:06 pm
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    Interesting to be honest

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:06 pm
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    I wonder how many of them will survive global warming

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:06 pm
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    Thorny devils already know that and split blood

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:12 pm
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    hi

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:12 pm
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    Very cool

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:14 pm
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    Thank you for sharing your wonderful video.

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:15 pm
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    There is also another crocodile fish that lives in rivers and it is called alligator gar because of its long snout

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:15 pm
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    They're alien spies πŸ‘ΎπŸ‘ΎπŸ‘½πŸ‘½

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:16 pm
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    thanks katrina.

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:19 pm
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    😍😍😍

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:28 pm
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    You forgot to mention…

    My crazy gf 😬

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:28 pm
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    Love these animal shows. A pt 2 would be most welcome.
    Do you have one on least known cat species?

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:28 pm
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    The Florida softshell turtle is the same turtle from the amazing world of gumball

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:29 pm
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    That can't be real and if it is I'm not going in the water ever in my life

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:29 pm
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    Wow

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:39 pm
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    Last year one Sunfish lost its way an came near the coast of the island i live Zakynthos 🐟

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:41 pm
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    Hagfish

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:48 pm
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    No I have not seen them in real life

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:58 pm
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    I don't think that you actually have 3m true fans. There are a bit of comments 😑

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  • September 4, 2019 at 2:02 pm
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    I love you video

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  • September 4, 2019 at 2:36 pm
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    Great video πŸ’œπŸ’šβ™₯οΈπŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ’— always a like πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  • September 4, 2019 at 2:38 pm
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    Part 2 please! Thanks!

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  • September 4, 2019 at 2:51 pm
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    Your voice is horrible. Not the vocals, but the way you speak like a moron.

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  • September 4, 2019 at 3:11 pm
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    Omg! Grubby's opening! At 0:05

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  • September 4, 2019 at 3:14 pm
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    Thank you for your video. About these fascinating critters.

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  • September 4, 2019 at 3:17 pm
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    I'm unsubscribing because of your voice.

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  • September 4, 2019 at 3:25 pm
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    I saw a sun fish when I was 6 unfortunately I sort of freak out and may or may not have cried

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  • September 4, 2019 at 3:36 pm
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    I caught a sunfish two years ago on the gulfstream massive and beautiful. It was released safely

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  • September 4, 2019 at 4:10 pm
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    I think the thorny devils are cute too Katrina

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  • September 4, 2019 at 4:33 pm
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    Hi Origin nice video

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  • September 4, 2019 at 4:39 pm
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    Thorny devil lizard my favorite reptile! And man i wish i could get one, someday!

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  • September 4, 2019 at 4:56 pm
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    If there is plenty more strange animals in the world , wouldn't that make strange normal ?

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  • September 4, 2019 at 5:10 pm
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    Wow

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  • September 4, 2019 at 6:08 pm
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    I live in South Haven Michigan I have seen at least 30 of the Florida softshell turtles since Spring Just FYI

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  • September 4, 2019 at 6:14 pm
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    Blobfish are pretty gross. Hagfish look like little aliens or tremors

    Love the little vampire dear!!! So cute!!

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  • September 4, 2019 at 6:44 pm
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    If I ever see a 30 pound chihuahua,I'm gone!

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  • September 4, 2019 at 6:51 pm
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    The Hagfish is just plain grusume! The blob fish is homley!

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  • September 4, 2019 at 7:11 pm
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    Doesn’t the thorny devil shoot blood out it’s eyes

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  • September 4, 2019 at 7:44 pm
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    I swam with a friendly great white I saved from a net and ever since she has always swam with me I bring some fish for her but it's nice to have a bond with one she's 2 years old now

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  • September 4, 2019 at 7:56 pm
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    I love the thorny devil! I'm a huge reptile fan

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  • September 4, 2019 at 9:00 pm
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    If I had both Infinity Gauntlets, Id snap back to life all the animals that have ever gone extinct. Imagine how many more would be added to this list

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  • September 4, 2019 at 9:03 pm
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    Ugliest creature? the hagfish looks pretty ordinary to me. That honor would go to the goblinshark

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  • September 4, 2019 at 9:06 pm
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    5:57 Baby deer! the most lovable animals in the world!

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  • September 4, 2019 at 9:43 pm
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    This is really interesting

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  • September 4, 2019 at 9:53 pm
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    That thumbnail looks like an SCP

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  • September 4, 2019 at 9:59 pm
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    We have Florida Soft shell Turtles in Texas

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  • September 4, 2019 at 10:04 pm
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    I once saw a Ocean Sunfish off the coast of VA it was the size of a Honda

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  • September 4, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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    Gharial Iv seen these thing's a couple of times they can be very aggressive if provoked they cause alot deaths in India

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  • September 4, 2019 at 10:18 pm
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    i like the chevrotian

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  • September 4, 2019 at 11:06 pm
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    Hagfish is more gross/I go to zom my youtube😜😜😜😜😜😜😜😜😜😜😜😜

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  • September 4, 2019 at 11:23 pm
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    πŸ‘Katrina…your videos are the best….plenty of action…not just pictures and drawings like some "other" contributors…Thanks…JRZ

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  • September 5, 2019 at 12:21 am
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    Part 2 please!!!

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  • September 5, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Do a Godzilla video # origins explained

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  • September 5, 2019 at 1:25 am
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    Gharial is endemic to Bangladesh not India nor Nepal. Please change it.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 2:15 am
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    number 4 is the cutest thing iv ever seen <3 <3 <3 OMFG I MUST GET ONE

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  • September 5, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    The Thorny 😈 was my fav & I would like a part two.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 3:27 am
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    Check out a sunfishes' skeleton–it's a swimming skull. Great show.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 3:28 am
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    Part 2 please and thank you in advance

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  • September 5, 2019 at 5:42 am
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    I can't believe the hag fish is considered the ugliest fish. As you pointed out blob fish are really ugly. That sunfish is definitely uglier than the hag fish. And I always thought the ugliest fish, which is also the scariest, has to be the angler fish. To me, the hag fish just looks like an eel. Not especially ugly at all

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  • September 5, 2019 at 8:03 am
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    The so called blob fish is not fair comparison.
    The blob fish is a deep sea fish that lives miles down in the ocean.
    That pic is of its body collapsing because its not under the great pressure that it lives in.
    So that pic is not what it really looks like.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 8:47 am
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    πŸŒΏπŸ‘€ I think the hagfish is cool looking…what a set of teeth! The blobfish is extremely ugly. Just my opinion. Thanks for all the interesting videos.πŸ˜Έβ˜•

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  • September 5, 2019 at 9:36 am
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    I think the blobfish is more uglier

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  • September 5, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    The deer mouse was really weird cause it has fangs, is a four legged mammal and hunts along flloor of ponds and is a little like a tiny deer.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 12:51 pm
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    hemoGLOBEin

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  • September 5, 2019 at 2:09 pm
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    Look the the government has been playing again ..letting the mad scientist go crazy

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  • September 5, 2019 at 3:41 pm
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    I saw a sunfish few years ago when we were sailing

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  • September 5, 2019 at 4:38 pm
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    You always have such good content . Great job Katrina!

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  • September 5, 2019 at 5:28 pm
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    Chevrotain…. I want one!!!!! Cute!!!!

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  • September 6, 2019 at 2:21 am
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    Mola Molas are very common off southern California.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 7:43 am
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    I thought she was gunna say female for number one. Cuz they bleed once a month,have mood swings,angry when there hungry but don’t know what they wanna eat,control men with sex,think there always right,and scientist still don’t know there origin.am I missing anything?

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  • September 6, 2019 at 9:19 am
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    Thank again Katrina. Have an awesome weekend.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 2:39 pm
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    3:21 she put ah pic of a thorny devil on the suitcaseπŸ˜‚

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  • September 8, 2019 at 5:53 am
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    I think eels are the uggliest of sea creatures. The blob fish just looks disappointed that you took him out of the water and the hagfish is just slimy and gross, like a big worm. But eels, man. They look like an ugly grandma.

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