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THE
VAMPIRE

THE
1
VAMP
IRE
ACTUALLY
IT’S…

THE
VAMPIR
E SQUID
scientific name
vampyroteut
his infernalis

1 THE
VAMPIRE

THINGS TO KNOW
• The vampire is an ancient
species and is a
phylogenic relic meaning
that it is the only surviving
member of the order
Vampyromorphida.
• One of the most unique
behaviors of the Vampire
Squid is that they seem to
be flying through the water.
• Such movements are the
result of how they flap their
fins to move around, kind of
like Dracula.

THE
ALIEN

TH
2
E
ALIE
THE
NPACIFIC

ACTUALLY IT’S…
IT’S…

BARREL
EYE
scientific name
macropinna
microstoma

2 THE
ALIEN

THINGS TO
KNOW

• The Pacific Barreleye has a
see through head. Its eyes
are tubular and point
forward, with the ability to
rotate upwards, which
gives it amazing binocular
vision.
• When prey is spotted, the
Barreleye moves in the
exact same direction as its
line of sight to catch them.
Its flat fins help it swim
very precisely.
• This method is so efficient
that it is sometimes able to
snatch food away from
other deep sea creatures.
Its transparent shield
renders it immune to

THE
G
HOST

THE
3
G
HO
ST

ACTUALLY
ACTUALLY IT’S…
IT’S…

THE
WART
Y
COMB
scientific
JELLY
name
scientific
name

3 THE
G
HOST

THINGS TO
KNOW

• Comb jellies are
beautiful, oval-shaped
animals with eight rows of
tiny comblike plates that
they beat to move
themselves through the
water. As they swim, the
comb rows diffract light
to produce a shimmering,
rainbow effect.
• Comb jellies will eat
other comb jellies
larger than themselves
by biting off chunks
with special cilia
structures in their
mouths.
• The jellies have
exceptional regenerative

THE
FAIRY

TH
4
E
FAI
THE
RY
GLOW

ACTUALLY IT’S…
IT’S…

WORM
scientific
name
name
arachnoca
mpa
luminosa

4 THE
FAIRY

THINGS TO
KNOW

• When the Waitomo
Glowworm Caves were
first explored in 1887,
the first discovery was
the Glowworm Grotto
with its myriad of tiny
bright lights emitted by
the glow worms dotting
the cave ceiling,
reflecting off the water
below.
• Glowworms can survive
only in very damp, dark
places where their light
can be seen. They need a
ceiling that is fairly much
horizontal from which
they can hang their sticky
feeding lines, and a
sheltered place where

THE
CHUPACAB
RA

5

THE
C
HUPACA
BA
R
ACTUALLY
IT’S…

THE
AYE
AYE
scientific
name
daubentonia
madagascarie

5 THE
CHUPACABRA

THINGS TO KNOW

• Many people native to
Madagascar consider
the aye-aye an omen of
ill luck.
• For this reason they were
often killed on sight. Such
hunting, coupled with
habitat destruction, have
made the aye- aye critically
endangered. Today they are
protected by law.
• While perched aloft, the
aye-aye taps on trees with
its long middle finger and
listens for wood-boring
insect larvae moving under
the bark.

THE
MERMAI
D

THE
6
MERM
AID

ACTUALLY IT’S…

THE
MANATE
E
scientific
name
trichechus

6 THE
MERMAID

THINGS TO
KNOW

• Christopher Columbus
and other early explorers
claimed to have seen
female figures
swimming in the ocean—
the mermaids in the
writings and drawings of
this era. Whether they
had been at sea for too
long or it was a trick of
the light, we now know
that many of these
encounters were with
manatees.
• The manatee belongs in
the order Sirenia, the
Greek name for this order
is derived from the sirens
of Greek mythology.
Sirens were sea nymphs
who lured sailors to their

THE
Z
OMBIE

THE
7
Z
OM
BIE

ACTUALLY IT’S…

THE
FLATWOR
M
PARASITE
scientific name

7 THE
Z
OMBIE

THINGS TO
KNOW

• This parasitic worm
invades a snail’s
eyestalks, where it
pulsates to imitate a
caterpillar.
• The worm larva changes
into a sporocyst and
mind-controls its host
out into the open for
hungry birds to pluck out
its eyes. Healthy snails
seek darkness to hide
from predators, but the
zombie snail will climb
into sunlight.
• The worm breeds in the
bird’s guts, releasing its
eggs in the bird’s feces,
which are happily eaten
up by another snail to

THE
DEMON

THE
8
D
EM
ON

ACTUALLY
IT’S…

THE
ANGLE
R FISH
scientific
name

8 THE
DEMON

THINGS TO
KNOW

• The Angler Fish lives in the
one of the Earth’s most
inhospitable habitats, the
lightless bottom of the
sea.
• Their most distinctive
feature, worn only by
females, is a piece of dorsal
spine that protrudes above
their mouths like a fishing
pole—hence their name.
Tipped with a lure of
luminous flesh this built-in
rod baits prey close enough
to be snatched.
• Their mouths are so big and
their bodies so pliable, they
can actually swallow prey
up to twice their own size.

THE
WEREWO
LF

THE
9
W REW
E
OF
L
ACTUALLY IT’S…

THE
LYKO
I CAT
scientific
name
felis

9 THE
WEREWOLF

THINGS TO KNOW
• The Lykoi Cat is a
natural mutation from a
domestic shorthair cat
and resembles a
werewolf. It is a partially
or almost entirely
hairless depending on
the moulting season.
• These cats have
temperaments like
hunting dogs. They
are extremely loyal to
their owners, scent
motivated, and very
intelligent.

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