29 Photos That Prove Life On Earth Is Stranger (And More Amazing) Than You Ever Imagined.

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Starfish Eating an Anchovy

**Ah, nature.** The spoils of the outdoors are vast and varied, replete with an endless arrangement of complexities and subtle nuances. Nature-lovers have all spent time contemplating anthills, appreciated a brisk swim in a salty, buoyant ocean, or geeking out over a magnificently bright-colored mushroom growing out of the mud. If you don't have time to travel to exotic natural locations, or even get outside and take a walk, you're going to love these pictures. Each one of them, in its own way, proves that Mother Nature is a selfless producer of all things amazing and unique. **#18 will make you question every rock you've ever seen.**Starfish like a little umami in their diets, too.

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Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree

This is the only naturally-occuring eucalyptus species in the northern hemisphere. The bark sheds at different times to expose a bright green inner bark, which then fades to other hues.

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Valais Black-Nose Sheep

This monochrome sheep is native to Switzerland, and is raised for both it's wool and meat.

Benoît Deniaud

Pygmy Marmoset

Native to the Amazon, the pygmy marmoset is the smallest monkey in the world.

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Romanesco Broccoli

Also simply known as Romanesco, this edible flower bud is native to Italy but can be found all over the world.

Howard Walfish

Cannonball Tree

Couroupita guianensis, known by several common names, including cannonball tree, is the tree that houses the delicious Brazil nut.

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Coconut Crab

The coconut crab is the largest species of hermit crab in the world.

Tibetan Mastiff

One of the largest breeds in the world, the Tibetan mastiff is native was originally domesticated by nomadic tribes in Tibet, India, and China.

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Bismuth Crystals

Bismuth is a naturally occurring crystal. Yes, that's right: It just looks like this.

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Panda Ant

This insect has only been spotted a few times, and it's actually a variety of wingless wasp. It is rumored to have an incredibly potent sting.

Chris Lukhaup

Velvet Ants

Female velvet ants are actually wingless wasps with lush, bright-colored hair on their bodies.

Kerry Wixted

Eastern Long-Necked Tortoise

This tortoise is side-necked, which means that it hides its neck and head sideways into its shell instead of pulling it inward.

Ian Sutton

Pineapple Field

One of the many incredible sights in Kerala, India.

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Starfish Eggs

Starfish have extremely complex life cycles, and they can reproduce both asexually and sexually.

Belgian Blue Bull

These enormous beef cattle are "double-muscled" due to an increased number of muscle fibers.

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Baby Kangaroo

Here, we have a rare peek at a baby kangaroo inside its mother's pouch.

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Royal Antelope

Also known as the pygmy antelope, this little guy is actually full-grown.

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A Living Rock

Pyura chilensis might look like a fancy stone, but it's actually a sea creature, an edible delicacy in Peru in Chile.

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The Everlasting Storm

In Venezuela, this storm occurs up to 160 nights per year, for 10 hours per day. The storm collects at the mouth of the Catatumbo River.

Sarcastic Fringehead

This fish looks relatively normal when it's not threatened. However, should a predator approach, the sarcastic fringe head lets loose and shows off its chops.

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Red Crab Migratio

Every year in the fall, 120 million crabs on Christmas Island, Australia, begin to migrate to the ocean to find a mate. In fact, traffic on the island is halted to let the crabs pass.

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Hair Ice

Though it looks like fluffy white hair sprouting out of plants, this is actually the combination of cold temperatures and a plant-found bacteria that raises the plant's freezing point.

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The Blobfish

The blobfish lives off the coasts of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand, and always looks like it's disappointed in you.

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Bergamasco Sheepdog

Bred to work in the chilly Alps, the Bergamasco sheepdog evolved to grow thick dreads to keep it warm.

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Ring-Tailed Cat

This "cat" is actually a member of the raccoon family, and it lives in the dries regions of North America.

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Transparent Sea Cucumber

The Enypniastes lives at depths up to 16,400 feet. The red area pictured is the creature's mouth.

Mark Yokoyama

Star-Nosed Mole

Oddly adorable, these moles have tentacles on their noses. The tentacles give them a great sense of touch - which is lucky, because the star-nosed mole is mostly blind.

Ken Catania

Cicada Emerging From Its Shell.

Cicada's are the coolest, loudest insect, and there are more than 1,500 species of them.

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Lenticular Clouds

Lenticular clouds form when water-saturated air flows over a mountain an layer on top of one another. Unsurprisingly, many people have identified them as UFOs.

Kathy Kopacek