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Mantis Shrimp, Also called the “sea locusts“, “prawn killers” and even “thumb splitters”, this is one of the most common predators in tropical and sub-tropical waters; little is known about them because of how much time they spend hiding in their burrows

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I absolutely promise you this is real. Meet the rosy lipped batfish (Ogcocephalus porrectus), found near Cocos Island off the coast of Costa Rica.

Creepy Crawly: Giant IsopodCredit: NOAA OCEAN EXPLORER | OERThis deep-sea marine creature isn't for those with a phobia of bugs: the giant isopod is a crustacean that lives at the bottom of the ocean and is related to shrimp, crabs, and… the roly-poly pill-bugs that dwell in your garden. But unlike their insect cousins, giant isopods can grow to be more than 16 inches (40.6 cm) long.

In Photos: Spooky Deep-Sea Creatures

The giant isopod is a crustacean that lives at the bottom of the ocean and is related to shrimp, crabs, and… the roly-poly pill-bugs that dwell in your garden. But unlike their insect cousins, giant isopods can grow to be more than 16 inches cm) long.

Amazonian leaf-footed bug, (Diactor bilineatus)

Diactor bilineatus a tropical leaf-footed bug of Brazil. ~~ Photo by Linaldo Cardoso

Aardvark Paper Plate Craft and Learning Activity from www.daniellesplace.com

African Animal Crafts for Kids to make: Giraffes, lions, rhinoceros, Zebras, elephants and a hippo. Great Education Resource for Homeschools!

Hawaiian Happy-Face Spider

The Happy Face Spider, found only on the islands of Oahu, Molokai, Maui, and Hawaii. Scientists believe Theridion grallator may have developed its distinctive markings to discourage birds from eating it.

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