14 Cool Facts Your Biology Teacher Didn’t Tell You About
We’re not sure that even those who watched a lot of David Attenborough films in their childhood and slept with their biology textbook under their pillow know that anglerfish latch on to females, kangaroos are fitness bloggers, rhinos can make cat noises, and that looking like a gopher may mean you’re related to elephants!
We at Bright Side have seen a lot of amazing things but these facts absolutely shocked us. We hope you’ll share in our emotions. And at the end of the article, there’s a bonus for you: a video featuring a very rare sea monster!
1. This is a rock hyrax, the closest relative to an elephant at the moment.
2. Kangaroo females prefer fit males so they show off their biceps to attract them.
3. If these kamikaze ants lose a fight, they explode themselves while spraying some sticky liquid around that doesn’t let their enemies move.
4. The biggest living organism on the planet is the mushroom: a single specimen of Armillaria ostoyae was found in Malheur National Forest in Oregon and was 2,400 years old, covering 3.4 square miles.
5. Tithorea terracina pupas look like gold jewelry.
6. Starfish are skilled predators: they can easily open up a mussel’s home and eat it.
7. Cachalots sleep vertically.
8. Small rhinos can produce cat sounds.
9. Black herons are predator umbrellas in Africa. They promise shade and cold and lure fish right into their mouths.
10. During the only sexual intercourse in its life, this spider bites off its genitals that are no longer needed.
11. This anglerfish male is way smaller than females, so it eats by forming a pair with the female’s body and over time, they become inseparable.
12. This Vampyrellid amoeba makes a hole in seaweed, puts its tentacle inside, and sucks all the contents out.
13. This cute deep-water creature with big eyes didn’t deserve its name, vampire squid. It actually eats organic leftovers!
14. If you scratch a shark’s nose, it will fall into a trance and may even roll on its back.
Bonus: Near the New Zealand shore, divers have found a rare sea creature. It turned out to be a Pyrosomatida which is a colony of creatures that can glow.
Did you know any of these facts or are all of them completely new to you?
Preview photo credit The photographer and www.AntWeb.org / Wikipedia