Books > Inspired by NaturePL > Whoa, That's Strange! (36) More files... World Book, ISBN: 978-0-7166-3708-0 - Ugh! Yuck! and Whoa! series
The world is full of animals with strange shapes, dangerous defences, and bizarre habits. The Ugh! Yuck! and Whoa! series highlights the most extreme among them: the grossest, the deadliest, and the ugliest! Learning about lesser-known creatures they may never have seen before helps children to better understand ecosystems and the natural world.

Whoa, That's Strange! is all about animals with strange behaviour and skills.
Green / Double-crested basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons) running across water surface, Santa Rita, Costa Rica. Did you know? This amazing lizard is colloquially known as the 'Jesus Christ lizard' for i...  -  Bence Mate
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Bence Mate / Green / Double-crested basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons) running across water surface, Santa Rita, Costa Rica. Did you know? This amazing lizard is colloquially known as the 'Jesus Christ lizard' for i...
Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick crèche in front of attentive adult flamingo group, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June, Finalist in the Po...  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick crèche in front of attentive adult flamingo group, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June, Finalist in the Po...
Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta) tossing frog prey, Mkuze, South Africa  -  Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta) tossing frog prey, Mkuze, South Africa
Willow grouse / Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) pecking twig, Utsjoki, Finland, April.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Willow grouse / Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) pecking twig, Utsjoki, Finland, April.
Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) calling,  Cuverville Island. Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica  -  Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) calling, Cuverville Island. Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
Click beetle (Pyrophorus sp) showing orange bioluminescence, Costa Rica  -  Kim Taylor
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Kim Taylor / Click beetle (Pyrophorus sp) showing orange bioluminescence, Costa Rica
Common starling singing (Sturnus vulgaris) Finland May  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Common starling singing (Sturnus vulgaris) Finland May
Short eared owl (Asio flammeus) in flight over marshland, Vendee, west France, April  -  Loic Poidevin
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Loic Poidevin / Short eared owl (Asio flammeus) in flight over marshland, Vendee, west France, April
Bull Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) in coastal waters off Spitsbergen. Arctic Norway, June.  -  Troels Jacobsen/Arcticphoto
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Troels Jacobsen/Arcticphoto / Bull Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) in coastal waters off Spitsbergen. Arctic Norway, June.
Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) flock flying towards their night time roost, Scottish Borders, Scotland, UK  -  Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) flock flying towards their night time roost, Scottish Borders, Scotland, UK
Glow worm (Lampyris noctiluca) climbing on stem of grass, with tail emitting bioluminescence, England, UK, July  -  Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Glow worm (Lampyris noctiluca) climbing on stem of grass, with tail emitting bioluminescence, England, UK, July
Female Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) curiously checks out the photographer, standing upright on hind legs, Svalbard, Norway  -  Steven Kazlowski
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Steven Kazlowski / Female Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) curiously checks out the photographer, standing upright on hind legs, Svalbard, Norway
Vietnamese Mossy Frog {Theloderma corticale} captive, from Vietnam  -  Michael D. Kern
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Michael D. Kern / Vietnamese Mossy Frog {Theloderma corticale} captive, from Vietnam
Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) using its tongue to extract a beetle larva from hole in Birch trunk. Digital composite, Surrey, UK  -  Kim Taylor
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Kim Taylor / Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) using its tongue to extract a beetle larva from hole in Birch trunk. Digital composite, Surrey, UK
Archerfish jets water at insect to dislodge it from branch {Toxotes chatareus} from SE Asia  -  Kim Taylor
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Kim Taylor / Archerfish jets water at insect to dislodge it from branch {Toxotes chatareus} from SE Asia
Close up foot of Double crested basilisk {Basiliscus plumifrons}  -  Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Close up foot of Double crested basilisk {Basiliscus plumifrons}
Big fin reef squid {Sepioteuthis lessonians} Indo Pacific  -  Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Big fin reef squid {Sepioteuthis lessonians} Indo Pacific
Hooded seal male display {Cystophora cristata} St Lawrence gulf, Canada. Freeze Frame book plate page 187.  -  Doug Allan
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Doug Allan / Hooded seal male display {Cystophora cristata} St Lawrence gulf, Canada. Freeze Frame book plate page 187.
Fireflies (Luciola parvula himebotaru) flashing at night for courtship and reproduction.  Gifu, Japan. Composite image  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Fireflies (Luciola parvula himebotaru) flashing at night for courtship and reproduction. Gifu, Japan. Composite image
Caddisfly (Hydropsychidae) in flight and attracted to mercury vapour light, Lamar County, Texas, USA, August. August  -  John Abbott
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John Abbott / Caddisfly (Hydropsychidae) in flight and attracted to mercury vapour light, Lamar County, Texas, USA, August. August
Short eared owl (Asio flammeus) tilting head upside down and backwards, Breton Marsh, West France, June  -  Loic  Poidevin
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Loic Poidevin / Short eared owl (Asio flammeus) tilting head upside down and backwards, Breton Marsh, West France, June
Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) stretching on the ground, taken with remote camera. Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia. November  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) stretching on the ground, taken with remote camera. Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia. November
Pygmy shark (Euprotomicrus bispinatus) captive, bioluminescing. Captive, Kona, Hawaii, Central Pacific Ocean.  -  Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Pygmy shark (Euprotomicrus bispinatus) captive, bioluminescing. Captive, Kona, Hawaii, Central Pacific Ocean.
Pygmy shark (Euprotomicrus bispinatus) held in human hand, Kona, Hawaii. Central Pacific.  -  Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Pygmy shark (Euprotomicrus bispinatus) held in human hand, Kona, Hawaii. Central Pacific.
Decorator crab (unidentified) on Soft Coral at night. Due to the heavy decoration, the diagnostic features of many species are hidden from view and only a laboratory examination of a specimen can prov...  -  Constantinos Petrinos
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Constantinos Petrinos / Decorator crab (unidentified) on Soft Coral at night. Due to the heavy decoration, the diagnostic features of many species are hidden from view and only a laboratory examination of a specimen can prov...
Bioluminescent Fungus gnat (Arachnocampa luminosa) larva attached to the cave roof with silk threads, Glowworm cave near Waitomo Cave, near Te Kuiti, North Island, New Zealand, July.  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Bioluminescent Fungus gnat (Arachnocampa luminosa) larva attached to the cave roof with silk threads, Glowworm cave near Waitomo Cave, near Te Kuiti, North Island, New Zealand, July.
Fungus gnat (Arachnocampa luminosa) pupa nearly fully developed hanging on a silk thread from the cave roof, Glowworm cave near Waitomo Cave, near Te Kuiti, North Island, New Zealand, July.  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Fungus gnat (Arachnocampa luminosa) pupa nearly fully developed hanging on a silk thread from the cave roof, Glowworm cave near Waitomo Cave, near Te Kuiti, North Island, New Zealand, July.
Japanese Macaques or Snow Monkeys resting in thermal hotspring pool. Jigokudani Yean-Koen National Park, Japan, February.  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Japanese Macaques or Snow Monkeys resting in thermal hotspring pool. Jigokudani Yean-Koen National Park, Japan, February.
Lanternfish (Lepidophanes guentheri) - deepsea species showing bioluminescence.  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Lanternfish (Lepidophanes guentheri) - deepsea species showing bioluminescence.
Hawaiian pom-pom / boxer crab (Lybia edmondsoni)with anemones (Triactis sp) that it carries around holding with the claws and using them for defense, waving in front of the possible aggressor. An exam...  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Hawaiian pom-pom / boxer crab (Lybia edmondsoni)with anemones (Triactis sp) that it carries around holding with the claws and using them for defense, waving in front of the possible aggressor. An exam...
Mudskippers {Periophthalmus sp} forage on the mudflats of a mangrove channel, Sundarban Forest, Khulna Province, Bangladesh.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Mudskippers {Periophthalmus sp} forage on the mudflats of a mangrove channel, Sundarban Forest, Khulna Province, Bangladesh.
Leaf cutter ants (Atta cephalotes) carrying sections of leaves, to be used for cultivating nutritious fungi, Santa Rita, Costa Rica  -  Bence Mate
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Bence Mate / Leaf cutter ants (Atta cephalotes) carrying sections of leaves, to be used for cultivating nutritious fungi, Santa Rita, Costa Rica
White / Dall sheep {Ovis dalli} ram in snow, Yukon, Canada  -  John Cancalosi
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John Cancalosi / White / Dall sheep {Ovis dalli} ram in snow, Yukon, Canada
Thorny devil lizard {Moloch horridus} Gnaraloo, Western Australia  -  Martin Gabriel
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Martin Gabriel / Thorny devil lizard {Moloch horridus} Gnaraloo, Western Australia
Coconut crab on palm tree, Aldabra, Seychelles.  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Coconut crab on palm tree, Aldabra, Seychelles.
Purple stinger (Pelagia noctiluca), Hawaii.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Purple stinger (Pelagia noctiluca), Hawaii.