You all know we love animals around here and we’ve been talking about them for quite some time, especially when news about new species or bizarre animal happenings reach our news feed. Not a long time ago, we presented you with some wild beasts that you wouldn’t want as pets, and as time goes by, scientists and researchers discover that we are still not completely aware of the full fauna that surrounds us. According to recent reports emitted by Live Science researchers,
Science has identified some 2 million species of plants, animals and microbes on Earth, but scientists estimated there are millions more left to discover, and new species are constantly discovered and described
And it seems to be true, as even if we are talking about cryptic species or animals that are rare and dwell in some parts of the world we still don’t know much about yet (although you might think that by 2014 we reached the farthest and the most obscures corners of the planet), countless data shows that Earth (and especially Earth’s mysterious oceans) still have some secrets to reveal. Today we will look at five newly discovered Earth and sea creatures and ponder once again on the futility of looking for life in outer space, when here, back home, we are still not sure who are our co – inhabitants.
5. The Leaf Patterned Toad
There’s no wonder this cute little toad was discovered so late, as it is one with nature, so to speak. It was so well camouflaged and looks so well with a handful of leaves that it took scientists quite some time to find it in Peru’s forest floors. The Peruvian Andes might still have some mysteries left to be discovered and while the entire country is a cradle of ancient culture and history begging for further exploring, here we have this new toad to amaze us with its looks.
4. The Chocolate Frog
Or the Cocoa Frog, as now mentioned in recent reports, this tiny fella belongs to the newly discovered Earth and sea creatures list, with the adagio that it wasn’t found alone, but among another 60 species of animals which might be quite new for the eyes of science. Researchers took a trip to South American country of Suriname and came back with mind blowing data involving potentially new snakes, fish and frogs that are yet to be studies closer.
3. The cave dwelling skeleton shrimp
The aquatic life of California is amazing enough as it is, let alone getting richer with a new inhabitant. This skeleton shrimp actually looks like a skeleton and is a translucent underwater cave creature that travels like an inchworm. In all truth, they are not actually shrimp, but crustaceans nonetheless and even you can see them exhibited in museums, who knows what else is there in the Californian waters?
2. Newly discovered humpback dolphins
Australia is an amazing place to study wildlife and even if it hosts some of the most dangerous animals on the planet, scientists seem to have moved there entirely, as new species are found on a yearly basis. These humpback dolphins are a completely new breed of sea dwellers found on the northern coasts of Australia and if you read the news, you will find out that the Lost World has still some creatures to reveal to us, both on land and deep in the sea.
1. The walking shark
Now don;t thing this is some of Cthulhu’s offspring or some sort of Jaws mutated enough to walk casually down the beach and eat you alive. This sea creature was found in Indonesian waters and all the walking it does is represented by the fact that is actually is able to walk on the water floor by
wriggling its body and pushing with its pelvic and pectoral fins
…so there is no need to panic
Newly discovered Earth and sea creatures are amazing not only because they exist, but because they managed to stay away from our inquisitive and studious nature. And imagine, if these ones could actually be found and analyzed, what and where are the others, as they have to be around somewhere… Alien life? That’s a big joke compared to Earth’s wild inhabitants…