Have you ever wondered where the superhero craze started? With animals, of course! Seriously, animals have
10. The Ibex Mountain Goat
The Alpine Ibex is a species of wild goats that inhabit the mountains of the European Alps. They eat only plants, and they’re able to do just about anything to reach them! If leaves and shoots are too far away for them to eat, they can balance on their hind legs to reach them. More extraordinary, though, is their climbing ability. They can scale a virtually vertical wall with ease, and have been seen standing on the sheer face of a dam, licking the rocks to get the mineral salts left from the dehydrated water. Pretty impressive!
9. The Firefly
Fireflies, or lightning bugs as some call them, are actually winged beetles with the extraordinary capability of producing a glowing light to attract a mate. It’s one the most amazing mating abilities of all time! These little bugs go through a chemical process that allows their abdomen to glow. Not only that, but they can intentionally send different signals with their glow patterns- steady glow, blinking, etc., meaning different things.
8. The Chameleon
These awesome lizards, of which there are over 200 species, are actually animals with several real superpowers. Their eyes are independently mobile, so one eye can focus on one thing and the other can be looking at something else. Great for finding food! And when it comes to warding off predators, they are masters of disguise. They can actually change the pigmentation of the outer layers of their skin, allowing them to blend in with their surroundings!
7. The Platypus
While these little guys look adorable as babies, beware! A male platypus of mature age has a pair of spurs on his hind legs that secrete poisonous venom. This is usually only used during mating season to compete with other males in procuring a female partner, and not for defense or protection, but you still wouldn’t want to tangle with one of these guys! The platypus is definitely an animal with real superpowers.
6. The Electric Eel
Able to grow over 6 feet long and almost 50 pounds, the electric eel is a force of nature. As in, electric force. When it feels threatened, the electric eel can send out a charge of up to 800 watts! While not usually enough to kill a human because of its short duration, this eel can still cause an immense amount of pain and therefore isn’t something you’ll see at your local petting zoo. Because of the high voltage and the current carrying properties of water, their electric shock can be felt even at a short distance from the eel.
5. The Hairy Frog
Also known as the horror frog, this Central African frog has Wolverine capabilities! The hairs on these frogs are actually external gills filled with arteries. But what makes this an animal with real superpowers is that it makes its own retractable claws by breaking his own toe bones and projecting them through its skin! So that’s where they came up with the inspiration for Wolverine- the hairy frog!
4. Immortal Jellyfish
When the turritopsis dohrnii (immortal jellyfish) gets sick or reaches the end of its lifespan, it can fold in over on itself, absorb itself, and revert to its immature colonial stage. This can theoretically go on indefinitely! While sometimes the mature jellyfish will die because of disease or predators before having a chance to return to its polyp phase, if given enough time, these tiny jellyfish can actually save themselves from death by being reborn. Pretty impressive!
3. The Mimic Octopus
The mimic octopus has serious morphing capabilities. They can not only change their own skin color and texture, but they possess chromatophores, giving them the very unique ability to change shapes as well. The mimic octopus is the only known sea animal that’s able to mimic such a wide variety of shapes. There are documented pictures of them imitating the shape and color of jellyfish, sea snakes, and sea lions, just to name a few.
2. The Axolotl
No, its ability to perplex your tongue with its name is not its superpower! The axolotl is an animal with real superpowers- the ability to regenerate! That’s right, the axolotl can regrow its own limbs or even head if they are dismembered. But that’s not all. They are also known as the Frankenstein salamander for good reason. If injured, they can even use the body parts of another axolotl, by grafting them onto themselves! This includes their heads and brain. Wow!
1. The Mantis Shrimp
Mantis shrimp are also known as “prawn killers” or more recently, thumb splitters. They can grow up to about 4 inches long, and they possess enormous power in their claws. Not with pinching, but with punching. They can strike rapidly, delivering extreme force with their claws. Mature mantis shrimp living in a tank have the capability of breaking the glass in one fierce punch, and they can do severe damage to a human’s hand and arm. This makes it extremely difficult to even approach them, much less catch one living in a tank. They also have one of the most elaborate visual systems ever found, so you won’t be able to sneak up on them either!