Most BIZARRE Looking Animal Eggs In The World!
- Published on: 5/16/2020
- From corkscrew-shaped casings to doting fathers who incubate hundreds of eggs in their mouth, here are 13 of the weirdest animal eggs.
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Have you ever seen a dark, black pouch on the beach? Known as a mermaid’s purse, these are actually egg casings for some species of sharks and skates. Skates look a lot like rays except they do not have spines and tend to be much smaller.
A princess ant becomes a queen after mating, when she is ready to start her own colony. During the mating process, a male provides a female with all the sperm she will need for the rest of her life, and she will be able to fertilize her eggs whenever she wants.
The argonaut, also known as the paper nautilus, is not quite a hero from Greek mythology, but a very unusual type of Octopus. Females spend their lives drifting in translucent shells that they make themselves.
While this egg might look ordinary, it possesses one particularly extraordinary quality -- its size. As you can see from this x-ray, the female kiwi bird lays a bigger egg in proportion to her body size than any other bird on Earth. Each egg occupies up to 25 percent of her body weight and measures as much as 20 cm.
In this case, it is the male who carries the fertilized eggs around. The jawfish is known as a mouthbrooder, meaning that dads-to-be fertilize eggs and carry all their offspring crammed in their mouths until they hatch. That’s quite the mouthful! This lasts for several days to several weeks depending on the species.
Squid eggs have been described as a giant mass of mucus. Captain Nils Baadnes and diver Ronald Raasch with the research vessel REV Ocean discovered a strange undulating balloon blob in the waters off of Norway. Turns out it was a giant mass with tens of thousands of eggs!
7. Deep Sea Octopus
Most octopus species have a single reproductive period and then they die. The mother octopus painstakingly weaves her eggs into strands and hangs them up in a cave or crevice. Then she sits and guards them for weeks, months, and sometimes even years. During this time she keeps her eggs clean and filters the water over each one.
Hoopoes are beautiful birds admired by civilizations for thousands of years! Females lay eggs that come out a milky blue shade, but soon turn brown. Researchers discovered that the eggs take on their mucky brown tone because the female coats them in a bacteria-riddled liquid she produces using her preen gland.
It’s not a snake, and it’s not a worm! Caecilians are a type of legless, mostly blind, serpentine amphibians that grow between three-and-a-half inches to five feet (9 cm to 1.5 meters) long. They have tiny eyes, which experts think are mostly only good for distinguishing between light and dark, and are so slimy and slippery, some researchers liken trying to grab one like trying to grip a wet bar of soap.
As the world’s second-largest living bird, emus reach up to six-and-a-half feet (2 meters) tall. These flightless birds, who are endemic to Australia, lay gigantic, two-pound (0.9 kg) eggs -- roughly the equivalent of around a dozen chicken eggs so if you want to have an omelette, be sure to share!
3. HORN SHARK
The horn shark (Heterodontus francisci) is found in warm-temperate and sub-tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean. The nine horn shark species are among the 43 percent of sharks that lay eggs, rather than give live birth. They lay distinct, cone shaped eggs with spiralling tendrils hanging off the bottom. Marc McGrouther from the Australian Museum has seen his fair share of shark eggs. His favorite is the crested horn shark egg.
2. GREEN LACEWING
Green lacewings (Chrysoperla rufilabris) are a type of flying insect famous for being excellent biological control for common garden pests. Adult females lay their eggs on top of leaves, in batches of as many as 200, by attaching them to a half-inch (1.27 cm) tall, hair-like filament, one by one. This hopefully protects them from being cannibalized by their larvae siblings.
The term “whelk” encompasses various types of large, predatory marine snails who occupy really pretty spiral shells. There are several “true” whelk species, including the lightning whelk, the largest and most common type, which grows up to 16 inches (41 cm) long, as well as the knobbed and channeled whelks.
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