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.
Sometimes called “Slime Eels,” Hagfish are quite gifted with weird abilities. From absorbing nutrients through their skin to going months without food, these creatures almost seem like they’re from another world. To fight off predators and keep other creatures away from its prey, they secrete slime which once it hits water becomes a transparent sticky substance. Some think it could fill a five-gallon bucket.
Chitons are armored mollusks that crawls around on the ocean floor using a powerful leg. However, the most insane part of the Chiton is its eyesight. Unique among all living creatures, a Chiton’s eyes are made of limestone. That’s right; its eyes are rocks! They’re called ocelli. They cover the Chitons body and erode as it gets older.
Everyone knows the platypus is a total freakshow. But, not many know how strange these duck-beavers-looking animals are. For instance, did you know they don’t have stomachs? What about the fact that the mothers don’t have nipples and milk their young by sweating it on their bellies? Or that it uses gravel to mush up its prey? It’s bill also has an incredible ability to sense the electric field generated by all living things, allowing it to hunt without eyes, ears, or any of its other senses.
Crocodiles are terrifying creatures most people want to stay away from at all times. Besides lurking in the shallows, waiting for its prey, crocodiles have one very bizarre ability to eat large stones. Why in the world would they do this? Well, it helps with their digestion. Called “Gastroliths,” the rocks help grind and crush the food in its stomach; the stones can also remain in their stomachs for years.
Growing up to 67 feet (20 meters), sperm whales are massive mammals living, swimming, and hunting in every ocean on Earth. Unlike humans and other mammals that can only survive at certain depths of water, sperm whales have the unique ability to dive to incredible depths of 10,000 feet (3,048 meters). They’re considered the deepest sea mammals in the world and can stay underwater for up to 2 hours before coming up for air.