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The Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicus) is endemic to Japan, where it is known as Ōsanshōuo, literally meaning "giant pepper fish". It is a long-lived species, with the captive record being an individual that lived in the Netherlands, for 52 years. In the wild they may live for nearly 80 years.

The Giant Chinese Salamander is the largest salamander in the world. It is considered critically endangered and can only be found in rocky mountain streams/lakes in China. (Or should is say, Holy Salamander!

The Blue Dragon (Glaucus atlanticus), one of the world’s rarest and most beautiful mollusks.

The Blue Dragon (Glaucus atlanticus sea slug), one of the world’s rarest and most beautiful mollusks.

Goliath Frog the Largest Frog Species in the world

Goliath Frog the Largest Frog Species in the world but it looks like a goliath salamander

Giant Wels catfish native and found only in Europe. Wish they had these in North America.

This is a catfish. it lives in freshwater bodies of water. They don't usually get this big but it looks pretty awesome. A catfish usually stays towards the bottom of a body of water so it can stay cool. It eats bugs and small fish at times.

Alligator hitching a ride.

A baby crocodile climbed on top of a hippo mistaking it for a rock. Even after the hippo moved, the crocodile stayed on for 15 mins before climbing off Photo by Richard Miller Kruger National Park, South Africa

Jeremy Wade -  A Japanese giant salamander, the second largest salamander in the world, after the Chinese giant salamander. It grows to around five feet in length - animal.discovery.com

21 Of The Freakiest Fish Caught On "River Monsters"

A Japanese giant salamander, the second largest salamander in the world, after the Chinese giant salamander. It grows to around five feet in length. (Not a fish, granted, but still freaky)

Markhor IMG_1472 by OZinOH, via Flickr

Rare and Unusual Animals (Photo Gallery)

The markhor is a large species of wild goat that is found in northeastern Afghanistan and Pakistan. The species is classed by the IUCN as Endangered, as there are fewer than mature individuals. The markhor is the national animal of Pakistan.

Pangolin. And God said, "Put armor plate all over him." Angel said, "Yup, He's snortin' supernovae again."

Pangolins are found naturally in tropical regions throughout Africa and Asia. The name, pangolin, comes from the Malay word, pengguling, meaning "something that rolls up". uncredited photo [someone else's caption]

The strange-looking Oarfish is the longest bony fish in the sea. Because of its long, thin shape, the Oarfish is sometimes known as the ribbonfish. It is also commonly referred to as the king of herrings. These unusual creatures have been known to wash ashore on beaches after storms, providing endless hours of fascination for curious onlookers. They also have a habit of floating near the surface of the water when they are sick or dying.

Oar Fish: This is an oarfish - one of a group of long bony fish found in tropical and temperate waters throughout the world. One species (Regalecus glesne) is capable of reaching in length.

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