25 Creepiest Animals You Won’t Believe Actually Exist

Posted by , Updated on April 19, 2017


There are millions of different animal species in the world and many of them are cute and beautiful, but the dark corners of the animal kingdom have creatures that can send chills down your spine just when you look at them. Found deep in oceans, high in rainforest canopies or underground in soil, we are talking about the scariest looking animals you have ever seen. From the basking shark and the wolf eel to the whip scorpion and the Andean condor, today’s post will show you some of the most terrifying and creepy animals that exist. Nevertheless, despite being some of the scariest animals to ever exist, most of the creatures featured in this post are completely harmless to humans. Here are 25 Creepiest Animals You Won’t Believe Actually Exist.


Giant Isopod

Giant Isopod Source: aquariumofpacific.org

Abundant in cold, deep waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, the Giant Isopod is one of the largest crustaceans and the largest known member of the isopod family, a group of crustaceans that are closely related to shrimps and crabs. The largest species can reach up to 1.7 kg (3.7 lb) in weight and up to 76 cm (30 in) in length.


Pacu Fish

Pacu FishSource: mnn.com

The Pacu Fish is an omnivorous fish native to the Amazon River basin in South America and is notable for its strange mouth of human-like teeth. The fish are popular in pet stores when they are young, but they can easily outgrow most home fish tanks. The Pacu Fish is closely related to the piranha, but the Pacu is much larger and, unlike the piranha, it mainly feeds on water plants.


Humpback Anglerfish

Humpback Anglerfish Source: oceana.org

One of the scariest animals in the world, the Humpback Anglerfish is a deep sea creature that inhabits all oceans of the world. Found at depths of at least 2 km (6600 ft), the fish lives its life in the complete absence of sunlight. Like all anglerfishes, this species also have a lure to attract prey. Despite its terrifying appearance, the fish is just a few centimeters long.


Giant Water Bug

Giant Water BugSource: bbc.co.uk

Known by several other names such as the toe-biter and the alligator flea, the Giant Water Bug is a large insect that can be found in freshwater ponds, lakes, streams, and rivers in the Americas, Northern Australia, and East Asia. These fierce predators have been known to prey upon small vertebrates such as fish and frogs, but they can also kill small snakes and even turtles.


Marabou Stork

Marabou StorkSource: eol.org

Also known as the undertaker bird, the Marabou Stork is a very large wading bird with an unusual appearance. Commonly found in tropical areas of Africa, this bird can weigh up to 6 kg (14 lb) and have a wingspan as large as 4 m (12 ft) – one of the largest among all birds. It also has a big red air sac on its neck that it can inflate and deflate to make various noises.

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