7 GIANT Freaks of Nature

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Some animals are normal sized, and some are, well, SUPERSIZED! Let’s take a look at some extraordinary animals that are unusually gigantic:

Giant Oarfish

These enormously long, ribbon-shaped creatures are probably what has been mistaken for a “sea serpent,” because of the undulating motion they use when swimming. But they are actually the world’s largest bony fish at 36 feet, and their organs are concentrated toward their head, so that they could survive losing a portion of their tail.

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Japanese Spider Crab

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Meet the largest crab in the world. Weighing up to 40 pounds and reaching up to 18 feet from claw to claw, it can grow to triple the size of the average man!

The Japanese spider crab (Macrocheira kaempferi) is actually the largest known arthropod, a group which includes crustaceans, spiders, and insects. It’s usually found off the coast of Japan, where it’s called taka-ashi-gani, meaning “tall legs crags.”

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Giant Squid

There are lots of old seafaring tales of giant squid attacking ships, but actual sightings of these elusive creatures are rare, despite their gargantuan size of up to 43 feet long. The giant squid (Architeuthis) have hundreds of suction cups on their tentacles, complex brains and their eyes are 11 inches in diameter.

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Giant Huntsman Spider

There are only two things you need to know about the Giant Huntsman Spider: You never want to encounter them, as they are the world’s largest spider, with a leg span of up to a foot. And you probably won’t ever have to, as they only dwell in caves in Laos.

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Giant African Snail

These tropical land snails can be up to eight inches long. They are considered pests because of their voracious appetite; if no fruits or vegetables are available they will eat tree bark, paint, or even stucco. They are hermaphrodites and can lay up to 1,200 eggs per year.

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Giant Otter

The giant otter is a South American mammal that is about as big as a human, five to six feet, but a whole lot cuter. They are only about 5,000 of them in the wild because they’ve been hunted for their velvety pelts. They also “talk,” with up to nine distinct vocalizations.

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Watch the video below to see what happens when a gang of giant otters approach a caiman:

Giant Armadillo

This rare creature lives in South America, and is twice the size of other armadillo species, which makes it hard for it to roll into a ball for protection. It burrows underground instead, eating entire mounds of insects like termites. They have survived habitat loss and hunting but are considered a bad omen when sighted.

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