Top 5 most Creepy Things Alive #NatureistheCreepiestShow

The Goblin Shark (Mitsukurina owstoni), a fish that swims around in nightmares ...
30/10/2020
Top 5 most Creepy Things Alive #NatureistheCreepiestShow
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Siska Van Parys

No Halloween night at the Museum this year, but don't despair! Here is our Top 5 Most Creepy Things Alive to cheer you up ... or hunt your dreams?

1. The Goblin Shark (Mitsukurina owstoni), a fish that swims around in nightmares ... (photo 1)

But can also be found in seas all over the world! Don't worry, he won't come nibbling at your toes if you take a splash in the water. This heavy shark is usually found at depths of 100m or more. It's always dark there, but that doesn't bother him! His crazy snout is full of special sensors that tell him when there is a fish or other delicacy nearby. Don't be fooled by his slow movements in the water - his jaws are among the fastest in the sea! He shoots them forward at lightning speed to catch his prey ...

2. Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, a fungus that brings Zombie ants to life ... (photo 2)

Who claims that zombies do not exist? O. unilateralis proves they do! This fungus grows and spreads throughout the body of an ant until it controls every muscle. The host then becomes a kind of living puppet, which is forced to climb higher up on a tree trunk or plant. The possessed one then remains there, dead still, until he dies. Even then, the fungus continues to grow inexorably, until it emerges from the back of the ant's head, from where it spreads its deadly spores. The disturbing effect of this zombie fungus has inspired several movies and games, such as The Last Girl and The Last of Us!

3. The Vampire ground finch, a bloodthirsty bird ... (photo 3)

The Vampire ground finch (Geospiza septentrionalis) is a small bird species that lives on the Galapagos Islands. When they are very hungry, they get vampire traits: with their sharp beak they peck into the skin of seabirds, and then suck the nutritious blood from the wounds ... slurp! Surprisingly, their 'victims' don't seem to mind. They calmly let the vampire finches gorge themselves on blood! Scientists therefore suspect that the behaviour of the Vampire ground finch evolved from the pecking of parasites from the feathers of the seabirds, which they of course gladly let happen. But in the meantime, these little finches drink their blood ...

4. The Death's-head hawkmoth, a fluttering skull ... (photo 4)

The Death's-head hawkmoth (Acherontia atropos) owes its lugubrious name to the white-yellow drawing on its back, which has the shape of a human skull. Legend has it that this moth brings misfortune when it flies into your house and brings death and destruction wherever it goes. Some even claim that it attacks and stings poisonously, causing death. Her grim reputation has earned her roles in numerous books and movies, such as Dracula, The Sphinx, and Un Chien Andalou. She even decorated the poster of Silence of the Lambs! But don't worry if you come across one, because Acherontia atropos is actually completely harmless. Unless you're a honeybee, because she loves honey and sometimes penetrates a nest to gorge on her favourite stuff …

5. The Aye-aye, an evil mammal? (photo 5)

The Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascarensis) is a nocturnal primate that lives in the forests of Madagascar. He combines the incisors of rodents, the tail of a squirrel and the ears of bats, which perceive the slightest sound of insects hidden in the wood. Once he has spotted its prey, he picks it loose by poking his very long and fine middle finger into the crevices ... yum! His unflattering appearance has made him threatened with extinction. The northern inhabitants of the island consider him evil, and even accuse him of witchcraft because of his very long finger. Not always an advantage, having a magic wand ...

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