There are millions of natural phenomena occurring every day that show the true, jaw-dropping power of Mother Nature. Her forces can be deadly at times, but they can also be inspiring. It reminds us how delicate and precious our life on Earth is and makes us understand the value of things. From animals that look adorable outside to deadly inside, here are some of the craziest and coolest all-natural happenings on Earth.
1. Giant hurricane as seen from space.
Hurricanes are large, swirling storms. They produce winds of 119 kilometers per hour (74 mph) or higher. That’s faster than a cheetah; the fastest animal on land. Winds from a hurricane can damage buildings and trees.
2. This shark is older than the United States of America.
Sharks are among Earth’s oldest survivors. They’ve been roaming the oceans for more than 400 million years. The reason for the sharks’ unfathomably long lives has to do with their lifestyles. Cold-blooded animals that live in cold environments often have slow metabolic rates; thus allowing them to live for centuries.
3. No, it’s not a scene from the movie, Avatar. It’s a huge Attacus Atlas moth.
The Attacus Atlas moth is mainly found in the forests of Asia and is one of the largest moths in the world. The females are noticeably larger and heavier than the males.
4. This blue fungus growing on a dead branch looks like shallow ocean from above.
This beautiful species of fungus is actually known as Cobalt Crust. It grows as a sprawling crusty fungus, very often under logs. The species can be used to produce an antibiotic named cortalcerone that inhibits the growth of Streptococcus pyogenes, a spherical bacterium that is responsible for an abundance of infections.
5. Trees are germaphobes and don’t like to touch other trees. JK, this is actually a natural phenomenon known as “Crown Shyness”.
Crown shyness is a naturally occurring phenomenon in some tree species where the uppermost branches in a forest canopy avoid touching one another. According to Wikipedia, it might simply be caused by the trees rubbing against one another, although signs also point to more active causes such as a preventative measure against shading or even as a deterrent for the spread of harmful insects.
6. A storm during a volcanic eruption.
This phenomenon is known as a dirty thunderstorm or volcanic lightning. The natural weather phenomenon produces lightning in a volcanic plume.
7. This is a hammerhead bat and is by far the creepiest animal I’ve seen.
The hammer-headed bat is a megabat found in the tropical forests of central Africa. The megabat is found in riverine forests, mangroves, swamps and palm forests of equatorial Africa.
8. Giant water lily leaves.
The Giant Water Lily grows in the shallow waters of the Amazon River basin, as well as bayous and specific lakes in Brazil. The plant adapts to the environment by growing thorns on the bottom of the leaves to protect itself from fish and other predators that might want to eat it.
9. These Snapdragon seed pods look like skulls.
The Antirrhinum, commonly known as the snapdragon, has been a popular garden plant for many years. Once the flower has died, leaving behind the seed pod, something creepy appears. The snapdragon seed pods appear to resemble skulls.
10. A sawfish.
Found worldwide in tropical and subtropical regions, the sawfish has a long, narrow, flattened rostrum, lined with sharp transverse teeth that resembles a saw. They are among the largest fish with some species reaching lengths of about 7–7.6 m (23–25 ft).
11. Cute Ouroborus baby dragon.
The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. The armadillo girdled lizard, however, is endemic to desert areas along the western coast of South Africa.
12. Siphonophora, a marine animal with a mohawk.
The Siphonophora might appear cute and squishy on the surface but they can be deadly. They resemble jellyfish and are predators that use their many tentacles to capture crustaceans and small fish.