From jellyfish that can restart their ageing process to sea cucumbers that become liquid, we count fourteen under water animals with crazy abilities!
14 – Hagfish,
- The hagfish may have an unfortunate name, but its defence mechanism is no joke. Because it has no backbone it can tie itself in knots to catch prey and escape predators.
- Hagfish travel along the ocean floor in search of fish hiding in burrows. Using their knot-tying ability, they anchor themselves to the outside of the burrow and dive right in for some easy dinner.
- They can even push their knot up their body to escape a predator’s grasp. It’s like a kick arse super power.
13 – Mantis and Pistol Shrimp,
- Bullies used to call scrawny kids in school shrimp, but clearly they’d never heard of one of the toughest animals around: the mantis shrimp.
- The mantis shrimp may look unassuming, but when it feels threatened it swings its hammer-like appendage. This punch can travel at eighty kilometres per hour – as fast as a .22-calibre bullet! Prepare to have your thumb split right down to the bone if you try to play with one of these guys.
- Another shrimp, the Pistol shrimp, has a claw that can snap shut so quickly that it creates an extremely hot, extremely loud cavitation bubble. It’s almost hot as the surface of the sun, so mess with these guys at your peril.
12 – Immortal Jellyfish,
- You know those moments in life when you just want to hit the reset button? The Turritopsis nutricula jellyfish knows all about these.
- That’s because this jellyfish has the ability to revert back to its polyp form. This means it can start the aging process over, making it virtually immortal!
- If eternal youth sounds good to you, consider coming back as a Turritopsis nutricula jellyfish. They may be 97% water, but they can still fuck shit up.
11 – Salmon GPS,
- Everyone and their bear knows salmon swim upstream after they finish migration. This is so they can do the wild thing and reproduce on gravel beds.
- What you may not realise is that salmon actually have a better GPS than your smartphone. They use the bones in their ears, which are called ‘otoliths’, to detect the Earth’s magnetic field. This helps guide them home – or into a bear’s stomach; whichever comes first – after long journeys.
- Scientists hope to use Salmon GPS to identify migration hotspots and protect them from over fishing and pollution.