You might have heard that mother nature is bizarre, but you might not realize, how bizarre she can actually be. From an everlasting storm to a lake that kills and mummifies animals, check out these 25 bizarre natural phenomenon that actually occur on earth.
Also known as mock suns or phantom suns, sundogs are an atmospheric phenomenon that consists of a pair of bright spots on either side of the Sun, often co-occurring with a luminous ring. These are created by the refraction of light from plate-shaped ice crystals either in high and cold cirrus clouds or, during very cold weather.
Underwater crop circles
First discovered in 1995 off the coast of southern Japan, the underwater crop circles had been a mystery for a long time. It wasn’t until 2011 when scientists finally realized that these, up to 7-foot-diameter elaborately patterned circles were created by a little puffer fish.
Great Blue Hole
Most people have seen pictures of the Great Blue Hole in Belize, however few know how it actually came to be. The Great Blue Hole was originally an inland cave at a time where sea levels were much lower. But as sea levels began to rise, the cave was flooded. Today, the hole is over 300 meters (almost 1000 feet) across and is 124 meters (400 feet) deep.
Christmas Island red crab migration
Measuring up to 12 centimeters (5 inches) wide, the Christmas Island red crab is a species of land crab endemic to Christmas Island and the Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean. Usually, the crabs hide in burrows in local forests, however, each year they migrate to the coast to breed. For over a week, local roads turn red as millions of crabs move to the coast.
Talking about migration, there are several impressive migrations in the bird kingdom as well. Every March, for example, more than a million common starlings, medium-sized passerine birds about 20 centimeters (8 inches) long, start to gather in southwestern Jutland, Denmark for their mid-April migration. When the flocks begin to move, they create a phenomenon locally known as “sort sol“ which translates as “Black Sun”.