Mother Natur offer us an amazing variety forms of life! From the world’s most unsettling mushroom, to the meanest things dolphins ever; These are 13 CREEPIEST Things Found in Nature !
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# 11 The Bleeding Tooth Fungus
Scientifically known as hydnellum peckii, the young bleeding tooth fungus’s thick red fluid oozes through its tiny pores, creating the appearance of blood.The underside of the cap has tooth-like spines. As it matures, the mushroom’s pale pink centre becomes dark, almost black, in colour. Spotted in Europe and North America’s Pacific Northwest, the bleeding tooth fungus mainly resides among moss and pine needle litter in coniferous forests. More photos on National Geographic
# 10 Self-Cannibalizing Centipede
cannibal centipede found this centipede feast a few nights ago here on mt. washington. i didn’t know they ate each other, but their food supply may be low (from the lack of rain this year, i’m supposing). this spring i haven’t been seeing many arthropods other than centipedes and a few types of spiders.
# 9 Live Severed Snakehead
In warm-blooded animals, our high metabolisms are a significant disadvantage when being decapitated. Just a few minutes without oxygen and a mammal’s brain is caput—the result of a massive cascading cellular die-off. Not so with cold-blooded reptiles. Their slow metabolism sustains their internal organs for far longer than a mammals causing them to completely die far more slowly
# 8 The Calcifying Lake
Tanzania’s Lake Natron takes its name from the naturally occurring mix of chemicals it contains: mainly sodium carbonate decahydrate (soda ash) and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). The lake is fed by mineral hot springs and a river, but no water flows out except through evaporation.
# 7 Chinese Black Batflower
The Black bat flower, Tacca chantrieri, is a species of flowering plant in the yam family Dioscoreaceae. Tacca chantrieri is an unusual species in that it has black flowers. These flowers are somewhat bat-shaped, are up to 12 inches across, and have long ‘whiskers’ that can grow up to 28 inches. There are different colour types, including white and brown, both retaining the whiskers of the black variety. Tacca chantrierei grow wild in the tropical forest in Yunnan Province, China, where they can get as tall as 36 inches (~0.91 meters).
# 6 Octopus Stinkhorn
his is a clathrus archeri fungus, known as the ‘octopus stinkhorn’, ‘phalloid fungus’ and ‘devil’s fingers’, and it has just been spotted growing in the New Forest.What you can see in the above picture is the egg sac stage, with the long foul-smelling red fingers of the fungus ready to ooze out from within. Most fungi sprout from the earth, but the octopus stinkhorn emerges from an egg, usually around decaying wood chips, old stumps or in leaf litter
# 5 Killer Dolphins
Everyone thinks dolphins are cute, blubbery creatures that are carefree and fun loving. Well, they are certainly intelligent creatures that enjoy having fun but sometimes what dolphins consider fun, humans consider terrifying. All over the globe, dolphins have been found to murder porpoises and may even commit interspecies rape on them. Scientists say that bottlenose dolphins may be a big source of why there are higher numbers of dead porpoises turning up in recent years. Leading many to call these murderous dolphins the psychopaths of the sea.
# 4 Sea Lampreys
Sea Lampreys are a parasitic fish that hunt for their food like a vampire does. They attach themselves to the skin of a fish and dig in like a suction cup with their terrifyingly razor sharp mouths. They then pierce the skin of the fish with their razor sharp tongue and begin sucking out all the fluids of the fish into its body. The lamprey will sometimes detach itself before it leaves the fish completely dried dead, leaving its victim to suffer slowly while it dies from an open wound infection. If the unsettling pattern of teeth isn’t enough to skeeve you out than its feeding pattern might be.
# 3 Super Villain Jewel Wasps
The Jewel Wasp is a bug with an amazing power: the ability to brainwash other creatures. The Jewel Wasp is a creature that can enslave cockroaches by stinging their brains with a special mind controlling venom. The Jewel Wasp has surgical precision and stings the roach in a very specific spot that basically lobotomizes them. That’s not the end of the story – the Jewel Wasp doesn’t go around turning cockroaches into zombies for no reason. It will lead their zombified victim into a nest the wasp had built before hand and lays an egg in the host and seals the roach away with pebbles. While the roach is trapped in a conscious but coma-like state, the wasp baby will hatch and begin to slowly feed on the organs of the roach before reaching adulthood.The worst part might be the fact that during this whole process it is important that the cockroach stays alive because the evil wasp baby needs fresh organs to feed off of.
# 2 Chinese Fleeceflower
In China, there is a plant known as the Chinese Fleeceflower, a plant used in medicine for kidney health, strong bones, and hair restoration. However, you might notice something about the roots of this plant. They are a strange plant that naturally grows in the shape of humans. Before you go around uprooting viney bushes in China, make sure you are ready to see an eerily human-like thing come out of the ground. Let’s just hope that these weren’t some people a witch cursed to live as a plant a hundred years ago.
# 1 Spider Web Covered Trees
These giant, 30-foot trees are cocooned in thousands of spider webs which was something that was never seen before in Sindh, Pakistan until 2011. It is an eerie sight that feels like an omen, but it was actually very beneficial. How could thousands of spiders crawling around in a tree, covering it in their gross webs be a good thing? After a major flood in the area pushed all the spiders to hide in trees, their giant spider webs have caught huge amounts of mosquitos. The stagnant water from the flood attracts more mosquitoes near to where the spiders have hid into trees. So, yes a giant tangled web of spiders and dead mosquitoes is gross and creepy, but it is also pretty good for the local population because less mosquitos means less disease for the most part.