Creators of science fiction films have big imaginations. They come up with grotesque, ginormous creatures that can give you nightmares for days. However, many of these creators get their ideas from animals that actually exist. Check out these animals that look like they came straight out of a science fiction film.
Sometimes called the “living fossil,” the Goblin Shark is a creature you do not want to mess with. The shark has an elongated, flattened snout and a protrusible jaw with extremely sharp teeth. Goblin sharks can grow up to 3-4 meters (10-13 ft.) long, and are found in depths greater than 100 meters (330 ft.). Therefore, you have very little chance of running into to this guy during your trip to the beach.
Japanese Spider Crab
The Japanese Spider Crab can definitely scare you away from the water. It has the greatest leg span of any anthtropods, and can reach up to 5.5 meter (18 ft.) from claw-to-claw. Its body can grow up to 40 cm (16 in.) and can weigh up to 19 kilograms (42 lbs.). However, you don’t have to worry about running into this guy unless you find yourself on the southern coasts of Japan.
These nocturnal desert rodents look like they were created from a science experiment by combining multiple animals. The Jerboa can be found throughout North Africa and Asia. When provoked, they can hop up to 24 kilometers per hour. Jerboas have a life span of about 6 years.
Found in low areas of eastern Canada and northeastern United States, the star-nosed mole is best known for the 22 pink appendages it has on its snout. The appendages are used as a touch organ and have over 25,000 sensory receptors. Due to its strong sense of touch it is easily able to detect seismic vibrations. But, don’t worry, it only uses its crazy snout to find its food, like worms and insects.
The Sarcastic Fringehead definitely looks like it belongs in the movie Alien. The fish (clearly) has a very large mouth and is very territorial. When two fringeheads have a territorial battle, they press their mouth up against each other. Whichever fish has a larger mouth is the winner. They can be found in the Pacific ocean, off the coast of North America.