Today on Planet 100: Top 10 Unbelievable Animals (Video)
Today, Planet 100 celebrates the 10 most amazing animals stories to make it onto our show so far. From transgender clownfish to iPad loving dolphins, we pay tribute the weird and wonderful creatures who we share our planet with.
Get ready for the top 10 unbelievable animals.
10. Two Headed Lizard
A two-headed bobtail lizard has been discovered in Perth Australia, the result of a rare genetic mutation. While the lizard is being cared for at nearby reptile park, the problem is that the two heads do not get along—the larger head has tried to attack the smaller one—and movement is tricky as both heads try to control the body. Proving that two heads are no always better than one.
9. Transgender Clownfish
The Disney cartoon Finding Nemo omitted one racy detail about the cute little orange fish—it can change gender at will.
Clownfish live in a group consisting of a breeding pair of male and female, as well as smaller non-breeding males. If the female dies the male will change sex and become the female! Then the largest of the non-breeding males will get a promotion to become the breeding male.
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8. Pink Katydid
In at number one, you won't believe what this Katydid did—turned flamingo pink—which only happens in one out of every 500 critters.
The usually green Katydid can turn pink as a result of a condition called erythrism, similar to the recessive gene that afflicts albino animals. Last year, the New Orleans Audubon Insectarium acquired a pink male and female katydid which resulted in a litter of pink babies.
7. Record Breaking Whale
In a record-breaking journey, a female humpback whale has travelled across a quarter of the globe, a distance of at least 6200 miles.
The event—the longest documented movement by a mammal—is double the distance that the whales typically migrate each season to new breeding grounds. The female whale was spotted and photographed twice—once at its regular breeding ground in Brazil in August 1999 then two years later off the east coast of Madagascar.
The scientists were able to identify the animal from photographs that were taken of its tail, or fluke.
6. Homing Pigeon
While we humans would be rendered inert without GPS or Google maps, homing pigeons can find their way home from some 1100 miles without any guidance systems.
That's because these pigeons have iron-containing structures in their beaks, which help them sense the Earth's magnetic field and identify their geographical position. Now that's smart.
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The platypus has venomous spurs on it's hind legs that can be lethal to small animals. But not to fear, the spurs are most often used to assert dominance during mating season. The placement seems strange but its yet another weird distinction that can be given to the Platypus.
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4. Giant Filipino Lizard
The Filipino equivalent of Godzilla has been recently confirmed by scientists as being new to science.
The 2 meter long giant lizard was first spotted back in 2004 in the Sierra Madre mountains in Luzon, when researchers saw a tribesmen carrying the dead reptile. University of Kansas scientists captured a live adult and confirmed with DNA testing that the golden-spotted monitor lizard is indeed a new species.
Scientists describe the discovery of large vertebrate as "rare occurrence," particularly on an island hit by deforestation and nearby development.
3. Paul the Octopus
He was the eight legged star of the World Cup, I'm speaking of course about psychic cephalopod, Paul the Octopus.
Bookmakers William Hill lost almost $750,000 as Paul the Octopus correctly predicted the result of every Germany game at the World Cup. He signed off with a perfect eight out of eight record by picking Spain to beat the Netherlands in the final.
2. Dolphin Love iPad
The iPad is so easy even a dolphin can use it—seriously. A 2-year-old bottlenose dolphin named Merlin is using the latest Apple gadget to help develop a symbol-based human-dolphin communication interface called Dolphin Speak.
1. Gorilla Nintendo
Nintendo received some priceless publicity thanks to a curious gorilla at the San Francisco Zoo. Bawang quickly snatched up a device after a boy dropped it in her cage last week. While the gorilla was amused by the machine, she eventually traded it in for an apple.
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