12 Bizarre Animal Defense Mechanisms Pt 1
Posted on April 4th, 2009 in Animal | 1 Comment » |
Every living thing on earth has at least one or more defense mechanisms that allowed them to protect themselves from predators. In order to survive and reproduce, every creature must avoid becoming another predator’s meal. Whether they break their own legs to create claws, self destruct, play dead, animals are masters of surviving in this dog-eat-dog world. Here are some strange and bizarre defense mechanisms of animals you want to know about.
Baby Potato Beetle
Baby potato beetles avoid being eaten by covering themselves in their own poop. Nasty, yet effective.
Malaysian Orchid Mantis
The Malaysian Orchid Mantis only defense mechanism is to cleverly camouflage itself to resemble the beautiful white orchids region they lives in.
Malaysian Ants (Terrorist Ants)
Similar to Middle Eastern terrorists, Malaysian Ants has the ability to self destruct when under stress. These Maylasian don’t just explode and die. Instead they sadistically wait until their enemies are close enough to die with them before detonating. Not only that, when explodes, they also spray out poisonous toxin which can ruin all of the fun for their predator.
Pacific Ocean Hagfish
The Pacific Ocean Hagfish has a disgusting way of defending itself. When under attack, it oozes a suffocating slime from its many pores that envelops its predator in a fatal mass of fibrous goo. The hagfish sometimes falls prey to its own defense mechanism, but normally twists itself into knots to escape the gelatinous goo.
Don’t mess with these bad boys. Sea cucumbers can morph their body from solid to liquid in seconds and vice versa. You know that liquid bad guy in the movie The Terminator? Well the sea cucumber is kind of like that guy. Sea cucumbers can literally liquefy their body into soft mushy liquid which allows them to escape from predators through small cracks and effectively reassembles itself on safer grounds.
Vampyroteuthis Infernalis aka Vampire Squid From Hell
When encountering predator vapire squid covers itself with its cloak to ward off predators. If need to they can also uses intense bioluminescence to confuse attackers. I suggest you watch this rare footage of the Vampire Squid in action before going to the next page.
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