Earth is home to countless beautiful creatures. From the mountains, to deserts, to oceans - God’s creations continue to amaze and inspire. Here are our picks for six of the Earth’s most unique animals:
The Maned Wolf
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The maned wolf is found in South America. Its markings resemble those of foxes, but it is neither a fox nor a wolf. Wikipedia Catch a glimpse of a maned wolf on the prowl and you might feel compelled to do a double-take: It looks like a long-nosed, shaggy-haired fox on stilts.
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Grimpoteuthis is a genus of pelagic umbrella octopuses known as the dumbo octopuses. The name "dumbo" originates from their resemblance to the title character of Disney's 1941 film Dumbo, having a prominent ear-like fin which extends from the mantle above each eye. There are 13 species recognized in the genus. Wikipedia
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Kiwa hirsuta is a crustacean discovered in 2005 in the South Pacific Ocean. This decapod, which is approximately 15 cm long, is notable for the quantity of silky blond setae covering its pereiopods. Its discoverers dubbed it the "yeti lobster" or "yeti crab".Wikipedia
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The saiga antelope is a critically endangered antelope that originally inhabited a vast area of the Eurasian steppe zone from the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and Caucasus into Dzungaria and Mongolia. They also lived in Beringian North America during the Pleistocene. Wikipedia
Venezuelan Poodle Moth
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The Venezuelan poodle moth was photographed in 2009 by Dr. Arthur Anker of Bishkek Kyrgyzstan, in the Gran Sabana region of Venezuela. Wikipedia
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Glaucus atlanticus is a species of small, blue sea slug, a pelagic aeolid nudibranch, a shell-less gastropod mollusk in the family Glaucidae. These sea slugs are pelagic: they float upside down by using the surface tension of the water to stay up, where they are carried along by the winds and ocean currents.Wikipedia
It’s always important to sit back and appreciate the wonders of our world.
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