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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Horned Lizards Autohaemorrhage

Horned Lizards Autohaemorrhage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Coolest Animals That Have the Most Unusual Abilities
Photo: National Geographic/YouTube

When you're starting to attack one of these Texan lone stars, don't be surprised if it shoots out a stream of blood from its eyes. Even if its in the mouth of a fox, the autohaemorrhage adaptation is so disgusting, the fox will drop the lizard because of the bad taste and trauma.

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Some Jellyfish Are Immortal

Some Jellyfish Are Immortal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Coolest Animals That Have the Most Unusual Abilities
Photo: via Reddit

If you go to the Mediterranean, check out the rare "immortal jellyfish," which has evolved in ways that make us question reality. These little jellyfish start as sexually immature animals, reach sexual maturity, and then have the distinct capability to indefinitely revert itself back into that sexually immature stage all over again.

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Basilisk Lizards Might Be the Second Coming

Basilisk Lizards Might Be the ... is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Malaysian Ants Will Explode

Malaysian Ants Will Explode is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Coolest Animals That Have the Most Unusual Abilities
Photo: rizalis (malaysian macro team)/flickr/CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

This adaptation is perhaps the most intense defense mechanism: suicide. When the Malaysian Exploding Ant decides that its life is at risk, it will often click its own self-destruct button and say, "If I'm gonna get murdered, it better be by me."

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