Cantor's Giant Softshell Turtle
weirdanimals: Asia // Endangered // Testudines // image source Fun Fact: This softshell turtle almost always remains buried in sand underwater. It only comes up to breathe twice a day.
weirdanimals: Asia // Least Concern // Galliformes // photo source Fun Fact: Tragopans are a type of pheasant. The name comes from tragos, the Greek word for “goat”, and Pan, an ancient Greek nature god who had goat legs and horns.
weirdanimals: Northern, Southern oceans // Vulnerable // Chondrichthyes // image source Fun Fact: Basking sharks feed primarily on zooplankton and other tiny animals. Despite their similarities to the whale shark, they are not closely related (as far as sharks go).
weirdanimals: North America // Conservation Status Unknown // Osteicthyes // photo source The Alligator Gar can live to be over 50 years old, but the average lifespan in the wild is closer to 20 years. Unusually for a fish, it can survive out of water for up to two hours.
weirdanimals: Western Pacific Ocean // Near Threatened // Chondrichthyes // image source Fun Fact: This shark’s name comes from an Aboriginal word meaning “shaggy beard”.