Nature has always been an inspiration to humans – from being the source of food to providing us with the scenery we need to relax and escape from life’s worries. But when you take a closer look at the natural world, you find that some things seem kind of well, strange. And there are plenty of people who have taken that close look, even when it comes to the strangest things about nature! Here are ten of the strangest things people have revealed about nature so far.
1) The world is full of surprises
Nature is full of surprises, and sometimes it’s hard to believe that these strange things are actually true. From the world’s longest animal to a tree as old as Jesus, here are ten strangest things people have revealed about nature. The world’s longest animal is a giant clam that can grow up to 200 years old and measure around 1.5 meters in length. There’s a plant with an edible fruit that has been confirmed as the oldest living thing on Earth, at least 4,000 years old! One of the most beautiful creatures on Earth is also one of the deadliest—the blue-ringed octopus is so poisonous that if you touch it or eat its flesh your heart will stop beating within minutes.
2) There are some Things People may never Understand
Nature is a beautiful thing, but it can be pretty mind-bending at times. For example, the Amazon River has enough water to fill up all of the U.S.’s largest lakes combined and the world’s deepest valley is in China. These are just two of many examples where we were like huh? Here’s a list of the strangest things people have revealed about nature: The moon smells like gunpowder or sulfur due to all the volcanic activity it experiences. The Arctic doesn’t have any clouds because there’s not enough moisture in that region for them to form, so instead they’re replaced by ice crystals which give off their own type of light called ice halos.
3) Nature always finds a way
Nature always finds a way. But not just in the sense that all things will eventually die and be reborn, or that species have adapted to live in places with the most habitable conditions. There’s also the idea of nature finding a way to persevere through adversity. The natural world can be harsh and unforgiving, but it doesn’t stop life from thriving. From trees growing around power lines to flowers sprouting out of cracks in concrete, nature has found plenty of ways to thrive even in unlikely circumstances. So remember: you may be able to take away its resources and alter its surroundings, but you can never truly break its spirit.
4) Some things are just too Weird to be True
Some things in nature are just too weird to be true. For example, did you know the male honey bee’s penis is barbed, meaning it can’t be withdrawn from the queen? And that when a female honey bee mates with a male, she often dies during the process? Yikes! Or how about this one – did you know that some plant cells have nuclei that divide and reproduce independently of the rest of the cell? That’s right – even though plants don’t have brains or nerves, they’re actually more intelligent than we think. You see, these independent mini-cells make up one-third of all plant cells. They’re known as plastids, and they help produce food for the entire organism. These strange little organisms could give us clues on what life might look like on other planets! Who knows what other secrets Mother Nature will reveal to us…
5) We are not Alone
In our world, we have been lead to believe that we are the only living beings on earth. That is not true. Not even close. Scientists estimate that there could be at least a trillion species of insects and animals out there waiting to be discovered. And, some of them have incredible abilities – like being able to survive in extreme conditions or eat things that would kill us instantly. Some insects can even fly for days without stopping! They’re basically superheroes for bugs. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time to rethink everything we’ve ever learned about nature.
6) Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction
Nature is a wondrous place. It’s full of surprises. But sometimes it’s the things that we uncover about nature that are the most bizarre and unbelievable. Whether it’s something that you would never expect to see or hear, or a creature that you can’t even imagine, there’s plenty of oddities out there in the natural world. Here’s a list of some of the strangest things people have uncovered about nature – and we’re not talking about your typical turtle shell or groundhog hole!
The Shocking Ghost Fish (aka The Bloop) – This is one fish that you don’t want to see with your own eyes – because they’re so rare and elusive, they’ve only been filmed once. In 1997, researchers from NOAA discovered an unknown animal at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean near Antarctica.
7) Mother nature is full of mysteries
Nature is full of mysteries. There’s something about the natural world that still feels magical, even in the 21st century. But some people are going beyond feeling, and discovering some pretty strange things in nature. Here’s a list of ten of the strangest things people have discovered:
The Kola Nut – when you eat this fruit, it causes your lips to tingle, your mouth to go numb, and your heart to race wildly. The New Zealand Glow Worm – this worm has tiny glands on its body which produce a sticky secretion that glows in the dark. Zombie Snails – these snails have been known to attach themselves to other living creatures and suck their blood for weeks at a time.