Just like a telenovela this little toad brings the drama for days. The Venezuelan pebble toad (Oreophyrnella nigra) hangs out in the tepuis of the Guiana highlands. These toads use their cryptic skin appearance among the rocks to avoid predators and if that doesn’t work they call roll up and make like a bouncy ball down the rocks. See you later predators.
Check out this video with herpetologist, Bruce Means talking about pebble toad DNA, sharing his discovery excitement (plus you can see some tepuis).
The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is hands-down one of my favorite creatures (I have a pair of whale shark shoes!!) and this slow-moving filter feeder is nothing short of glorious. Words cannot do justice to the simple beauty of this fish. Please take the time to watch this incredible video.
The aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) is the very definition of narsty. A nocturnal solitary lemur so weird that it is not only the sole living species in its genus, but also the only member of its family. They lead a solitary existence and try to avoid mirrors, because when you’re this ugly you don’t need a reminder.
Beyond their homely looks, these guys have rodent teeth and the creepy-best middle fingers ever.
Watch this National Geographic video to see them in action:
If you want to learn more check out the Duke Lemur Center website, but do yourself a favor and plan to visit this place to see the aye-aye and other lemurs.