25 Incredible Underwater Creatures With Abilities That Defy Logic

In this world, there’s plenty of logical abilities every creature has to survive. From running away from predators to seeing prey, some abilities just make sense. But, then there are the underwater creatures who have abilities that defy reason. They’re so ludicrous it’s hard to understand how they were able to obtain them in the first place. Curious to hear what crazy abilities these underwater creatures have? Here are 25 Incredible Underwater Creatures With Abilities That Defy Logic.

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dolphinSource: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-do-whales-and-dolphin/

Ever wonder how dolphins can sleep while underwater? Well, they have the bizarre ability to turn off half their brain while the other half stays alert for predators and can swim up to the surface of the water for air. They call this process “cat-napping.”


Humpback Whales

humpback whaleSource: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110624083516.htm

Humpback whales are massive creatures of the sea, measuring up to 14 meters long. To feed, they perform complex swimming maneuvers while creating wide bubble nets to lure and capture their prey. It’s their most effective way to feed on the tiny plankton and krill.



starfishSource: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/group/starfish/

Starfish (or more appropriately called Sea Stars because let’s face it, they aren’t even fish) have two especially freaky abilities. First, they’re capable of regenerating limbs and in some cases their entire body from a limb. They also can feed on prey outside their body. Using suction-cupped tube feet, they can pry open clam shells and devour them by oozing their stomach into the shell.



octopusSource: http://www.animalfactguide.com/animal-facts/common-octopus/

The octopus is a pretty strange looking creature, but it also has some bizarre abilities. As a defense mechanism, it releases purple-black ink before propelling itself through the water at speeds up to 25 miles per hour (40 kph). It can also change colors that indicate what it’s feeling, like fear or anger.


Sea Cucumbers

sea cucumberSource: https://www.aol.com/article/news/2016/10/17/this-sea-creature-will-surprise-you-with-this-weird-feature/21584419/

Sea Cucumbers may have no brains, but that doesn’t mean they’re defenseless. In a truly bizarre and disgusting defense tactic, the sea cucumber can shoot its intestines out of itself at whatever is attacking them. This process is called evisceration.

Photo: 25. Pixabay.com (Public Domain), 24. Wikipedia Commons.com (Public Domain), 23. Paul Shaffner, Starfish 02 (paulshaffner), CC BY 2.0, 22. Wikipedia Commons.com (Public Domain), 21. laszlo-photo, Three-Rowed Sea Cucumber, CC BY 2.0, 20. Peter Southwood, Six gill hagfish Eptatretus hexatrema at the Oakburn DSC09115, CC BY-SA 3.0, 19. Jerry Kirkhart from Los Osos, Calif., Lined Chiton (Tonicella lineata) (2389357812), CC BY 2.0, 18. Klaus, Wild Platypus 4, CC BY-SA 2.0, 17. Gabriel Barathieu, Mother and baby sperm whale, CC BY-SA 2.0, 16. Anker A, Grave S, Alpheus cedrici holotype, dorsal view – ZooKeys-183-001-g003A, CC BY 3.0, 15. Wikipedia Commons.com (Public Domain), 14. Peter Hellberg via flickr. CC BY 2.0, 13. Wikipedia Commons.com (Public Domain), 12. cloudzilla, Hippopotamus in San Diego Zoo, CC BY 2.0, 11. Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE, Sea Slugs (Chromodoris willani) (6085292629), CC BY-SA 2.0, 10. Storm via flickr. CC BY 2.0, 9. Wikipedia Commons.com (Public Domain)
“8. Bjørn Christian Tørrissen, GambianMudskippers, CC BY-SA 4.0, 7. WildSingapore.com (Fair Use: No Free Images Available), 6. Wikipedia Commons.com (Public Domain), 5. Fredlyfish4, Pirate perch, CC BY-SA 3.0, 4. Carnat Joel via flickr. CC BY 2.0, 3. Emőke Dénes, Trichobatrachus robustus 1, CC BY-SA 4.0, 2. Wikipedia Commons.com (Public Domain), 1. Amandasofiarana, Axolotl ambystoma mexicanum anfibio ASAG, CC BY-SA 4.0

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