Even in this modern age of discovery, there are so many wonderful, mysterious secrets to unlock to this beautiful planet of ours.
Whether it’s in the darkest depths of the ocean, or lush, tropical rain-forests, there are many strange creatures that exist, waiting to be discovered by humankind.
Here’s a little pop-quiz for ya! Do you know how many living species are estimated to still remain undiscovered? (drumroll)
According to Quentin Wheeler, founding director of the Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University, only two million of an estimated 10 to 12 million living species have been identified to date. Let that sink in for a moment. If that isn’t a humbling dose of reality, I don’t know what is.
Of course, the majority of those undiscovered species include insects, plants, fungi and microbes, but even if 1% of those species yet to be discovered are mammals, that’s still 90,000 mystery mammals roaming out there!
Below is a list of 18 birds, animals and creepy crawlies that we’re willing to wager most of you have never even heard of. They range from beautiful, to weird, to #17 which is downright freakish, but they’re all equally fascinating.
How many of these creatures do you know about already?
1) Sea Pig
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