These animals will make you think twice about saying I’ve seen everyting there is to see about nature shows… o no… no no no sir! From majestic narwhals and their 8.5 foot tooth to terrifyingly cute penguins with scary mouths, here are 12 Animals With the Weirdest Teeth.
Just like the narwhal that we just discussed, this creature’s tusks are actually its teeth that have managed to grow in the opposite direction and pierce the roof of their mouth. More specifically, its the upper canines that do the piercing while the lower ones grow sideways out of their mouths. The males use this bizarre evolutionary trait to their advantage when they fight other males during mating season and slash into each other’s flesh. The unfortunate part is that the babirusa has to file down it’s teeth, otherwise, they’ll end up growing right into its skull and proving to be fatal.
The Frilled Shark
Thank god this living nightmare lives in some pretty deep waters because you wouldn’t want to end up swimming near one of these things. Case and point, look at its needle-like teeth! It’s got rows upon rows of teeth that are in their own rows. This makes it harder for their prey to try and escape as they get trapped and have their flesh torn. These sharks mostly feed on different species of cephalopods such as squids and they use their extremely flexible jaws that are long enough to swallow prey that’s larger than them whole. Truly scary.
Out of the 38 species of lamprey that are known to exist, which seems like too many of these scary aliens, only 18 of them are known for being parasitic. These fish use the many rows of teeth that fill its mouth to cling onto their desired prey of choice and chomp onto a piece of tasty flesh from an unsuspecting source. Once the animal is latched on tightly, then they begin to use their tongue in order to lap up the nutrient-rich blood from its victim. Yeah, these things are basically underwater vampires. Avoid them at all costs.
This animal is a type of marine fish that resembles more of a fish and is known for producing an insane amount of slime that it uses to suffocate the hungry predators that try to go after it. It’s perhaps less known for its smile that comes with two pairs of sharp teeth on each side. The hagfish is one of those animals such as the previously mentioned lamprey that is completely jawless. These animals don’t even need their teeth as they’re able to get the nutrients they require through their skin but they also feed on dying prey by eating them from the inside.
Thanks to films such as “Happy Feet” and “March of the Penguins,” the general public sees penguins as cute balls of fluff that live in the cold Arctic region. It turns out that the inside of a penguin’s mouth is very much the exact opposite of cute fluff ballness. Their mouths are entirely lined up with razor sharp teeth that are essential in helping a penguin feed. Since penguins eat their food alive and whole, their sharp teeth help keep down squirming fish and keep things moving smoothly. And yes, the following image that you see is real.
The Leatherback Sea Turtle
Sea turtles have quite the reputation for being such adorable and majestic creatures of the ocean but that’s because most people haven’t had the chance to look at their insides. The most frightening of these turtles happens to be the leatherback sea turtle. The inside of their mouths looks like a small forest of spines as pictured below in the following image. These aren’t technically teeth, as they’re rather called papillae, but they act just like teeth. The cartilaginous spikes help keep jellyfish moving down the turtle’s throat as they’re being swallowed and protects them from the jellyfish stings.
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The Crabeater Seal
As far as teeth go in the animal kingdom, there’s an exact reason on why we chose this animal as the number one spot. Just look at that unique pattern of teeth! It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. So why do these seals have such odd-looking chompers? Well, despite their name being crabeater seals, their diet is actually made up of 90 percent Antarctic krill and don’t actually feast on crabs because they live in such deep waters. The weird pattern of their teeth helps filter out the excess water when they take a bite and only the tasty krill is left.