From wasps that lay their eggs directly into living insects to animals that are impervious to almost everything, we count 8 of the most alien-like creatures on earth.
Also known as moss piglets or water bears these microscopic creatures are just about as alien-like as anything on Earth. Looking like a caterpillar wearing some sort of ‘space suit’, tardigrades are practically indestructible. They can withstand ionizing radiation at doses hundreds of times higher than the lethal dose for a human. They can survive in extreme temperatures from just above absolute zero to higher than the boiling point of water. They can even live without food and water for more than 10 years. Oh, and the European Space Agency once sent some into space where it turns out they can also survive the vacuum of outer space.
Enypniastes are a type of deep sea cucumber. They have webbed structures at the top and bottom of their bodies that act like fins allowing them to swim in search of food and to avoid predators. The enypniastes have see-through outers showing the digestive tract within.
6. Saiga Antelope
Once native from Europe all the way to Mongolia, the Saiga is now considered to be critically endangered. Looking more at home in the Star Wars cantina, than the grasslands of Russia, this truly bizarre looking animal really does look like it is from another world.
5. Parasitic Wasps
Parasitic wasps are pure nightmare material! Acting just like the queen from the Alien movies, parasitic wasps inject eggs directly into other insects. The insects will generally stay alive while the egg matures and eventually hatches. The wasp larvae then eat the insides of the insect, eventually bursting out of their host once matured. Some female parasitic wasps will even inject a virus into the host that weakens their immune system so it cannot destroy the egg.
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