Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Your Animal Lesson of the Day

This photo was taken by Jason Kottke, who says he is not one to typically be squeamish but he was wigged out when he saw this little fella on his garbage can. It's a Coconut Crab, native to Guam and other Pacific Islands. They are really that big. And yes, they can open a coconut with one swipe of their claws. When you take into account Guam's snake problem, it's no longer surprising that the Guam Tourism Agency has chosen this slogan to advertise their country: "What's the Matter? Are You Afraid or Something You Big Scaredy Cat?"

Now, to counteract the creepy factor on BHR today, here's a Mexican Walking Fish:

Awww, isn't it cute? It's a kind of salamander. Looks like a Pokemon to me! I CHOOSE YOU MEXICAN WALKING FISH!

See more strange, creepy, disturbing and rare animals here. Via Boingboing.


  1. That crab is absolutely terrifying, and I keep thinking one is sneaking up on me. I thought it was like those scary, fake spiders on the side of exterminator pick-up trucks.

    You've planted nightmare seeds by sharing that guy's photo, Matt, and Mexican Walking Fish, as cute as it is, cannot help.

  2. Anonymous9:30 AM

    At first I thought that picture had to have been doctored, but... that is frighteningly real. Thanks for sharing. And thank you for balancing out the scary crab with the cute fish!

  3. Horrifying. This post should have come with a warning.

    And yes, I'm talking about the Mexican Walking Fish. That thing has HANDS.

  4. Chris-- I suppose this will help you with some character design when it comes time to make some monsters.

    Samantha -- You are welcome!

    Lori -- I know! I thought it was fake at first.