Animals Random Facts and Trivia Part 3

A list of weird random facts and trivia about various animals, birds, fish, insects and so on.

Animal Facts and Oddities

Platypus, Australia's mystery animal, has a duck bill, otter fur, webbed feet, lays eggs, secretes a milky substance for its young, and eats its own weight in worms every day.

Storks can stand on one leg because their joints are self-locking.

Three-wattled bell birds of Costa Rica have a call that can be heard for 3 mi.

Sahara desert fish have been caught in streams that flow beneath the surface.

An Asian fish that crawls on land can live for a week out of water.

Woodpecker finches of the Galapagos Islands use cactus thorns and twigs as tools to probe holes in tree trunks and branches for edible insects.

Swordfish contribute 10 million lbs. of food annually for human consumption in the U.S.

Ostriches sometimes lay their eggs in community nests. First-hatched babies are fed the unhatched eggs.

Freshwater eels found along the Atlantic coast come from a common breeding ground in the Sargasso Sea, near Bermuda.

Reptiles purchased as pets and then flushed down toilets have been found alive and well in the sewer system of New York City.

Whale sharks reach a growth of 45' and can weigh 12 tons.

Snakes lay eggs with nonbrittle shells. Elephants have acute hearing and can easily detect the footsteps of a mouse.

Water ouzels, birds of western North America, about the size of robins, do their hunting on underwater stream beds.

Bats are not necessarily blind. Many can see but have no night vision. Better than eyes is their sonar equipment that measures the echo of their squeaks.

Hiccup fish of Brazil swallow huge gulps of air that, when released, make a sound like a hiccup. When fully grown to 12', their hiccups can be heard for a mile.

Hornets and wasps were making paper millions of years before Egypt was born. They mix wood pulp with their saliva to form a paste that dries into stiff paper.

Elephant tusks can weigh more than 300 lbs. Seahorses swim in an upright position, and the male carries the eggs of the female in a pouch much like that of the kangaroo. When hatching time comes, it's the male that gives birth to the baby seahorses.

Goby fish found in tropical rivers are equipped with gills and a supplementary breathing system that allows them to extract oxygen from either air or water. They prefer "walking" on land to swimming.

Archer fish in the Indo-Austroasiatic region spurt a stream of water with such accuracy they can knock down an insect 4' away.

Grunion, found in the waters of Southern California, have built-in sensors that monitor magnetic-field variations allowing them to employ split-second timing in the depositing of their eggs on shore during the months of March to August.

King salmon hatched in a tiny pool at the University of Washington were sluiced into Lake Union. Five years later they returned from the sea to Lake Union, then by special fish ladders to the tiny pool of their birth, to spawn.

A bluefin tuna caught off Nova Scotia weighed 977 lbs.

Remora fish attach themselves to a shark and are towed to a kill. There they detach themselves to feed and then reattach themselves to the shark that took them to dinner.

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