Weird Nature The Coolest Animals That Have the Most Unusual Abilities  

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List of animals that have the most unusual, unique abilities. Animals have evolved in the smartest and strangest ways. This list ranks the craziest, most bizarre adaptations of all time. The animals on this list take evolutionary traits to a whole new level with intense defense mechanisms to avoid becoming prey. The result is this page's compilation of Mother Nature's freakiest inhabitants, courtesy of their unusual evolutionary qualities.
 
Many on the list of crazy animal adaptations have outrageous tools to hide from predators. Cuttlefish and leaf bugs, for instance, are absolutely unparalleled when it comes to camouflage and mimicry, while many young white-tailed deer essentially pretend to die in order to dissuade hungry killers. Others go a bit more extreme to piss off their enemies, such as Northern Fulmars, who vomit a disgusting liquid, and Pistol Shrimp, whose claw snaps and ignites a collapsing bubble of epic proportions. Other wacky adaptations found in animals range from the mere existence of an electric eel, as well as hooded seals who inflate a pink balloon from their noses to attract a mate.
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Basilisk Lizards Might Be the Second Coming


Basilisk Lizards Might Be the ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Coolest Animals That Have the Most Unusual Abilities
Photo: Animalist/YouTube

Basilisk lizards walk on water, which is why they've garnered the lovely nickname "Jesus Lizards." This adaptation comes in handy when fleeing from mammals and reptiles who don't happen to have magical biblical powers.

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Leaf Bugs Look Like Leaves, Not Bugs


Leaf Bugs Look Like Leaves, No... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Coolest Animals That Have the Most Unusual Abilities
Photo: Sandilya Theuerkauf/Wikimedia Commons

The camouflage skills of the leaf bug make chameleons look like amateurs. These "walking leaves" are so brilliant they even sway back and forth to mimic the way a leaf is blowin' in the wind.

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Pistol Shrimp Will Shoot You


Pistol Shrimp is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Coolest Animals That Have the Most Unusual Abilities
Photo: via FrogBlog

With an adaptation of this proportion, do not order a pistol shrimp cocktail appetizer anytime soon. When this type of shellfish snaps its extremely unique claw, the sound scares the crap of every living thing in its path, and it also shoots off a collapsing bubble that stuns the victim.

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Cuttlefish Almost Go Invisible


Cuttlefish Almost Go Invisible is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Coolest Animals That Have the Most Unusual Abilities
Photo:  Marine Ecology HSU

Cuttlefish have evolved in such a way that their camouflaging capability rivals any living organism. These punks can hide by controlling their own skin cells to blend in, including outrageously bright colors (even though they're colorblind).