While we as humans continue to try (and fail) to live in peace and harmony, it is worth remembering that the world around us is a brutal, unforgiving place.
We have tamed our lives to such an extent that it is easy to turn a blind eye to the horrors of nature, sure, we as a species are far more damaging to our planet than all others put together, but let's not pretend that it's all sweetness and light out there!
This list, compiled by Bored Panda, is a reminder that we live in a scary world. Some of these things are simply wonders of nature that we may not like the look of, like spiders and centipedes. Some show the raw power of the elements, while others illustrate the horrific things that other creatures to do each other in order to survive. All of these things are awe-inspiring examples of nature, something not to be feared, but to be respected. Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!
Wrap Around Spider, Named For Its Ability To Flatten And Wrap Its Body Around Tree Limbs
Xylaria Polymorpha, Commonly Known As Dead Man's Fingers, Is A Saprobic Fungus
A Firefly Kept Right On Flashing After Being Eaten By A Frog
This Frog Was Found All Dried Up And Withered Outside The Store In The Morning... The Store Manager Said, "Let's Try Splashing Some Water On It," And Holy Sh*t It Came Back To Life
Those Fishes Are Literally Lit
This Is A Hammerhead Bat And Is By Far The Creepiest Animal I've Seen
This Is Why You Always Have To Check The Toilet In Australia
The Clathrus Archeri Fungus Resembles Some Pretty Metal Tentacles Sprouting From An Alien Egg When It Blooms
Currently Renovating Our Floors. Seems Everyone Has Come Out Of Hiding
Black Swallower Died Trying To Eat A Fish 4 Times Its Size
A Lizard Eating A Cockroach Alive At My House Porch
Attack Of Legionary Ants (Also Known As Army Ants Or Marabunta) To A Wasp Honeycomb
These New Fish Species Can Survive In Volcanoes And They’re The Stuff Of Nightmares
After A Weekend Storm In New England, A Puffer Fish Was Found In A Tree
5-Legged Frog That Lives In The Marsh Behind Our Neighborhood
The Giant Isopod, Found In The Deep Seas And Is An Example Of Deep-Sea Gigantism
Take A Seat
Goliath Tiger Fish, Congo River
Close Up Of Moth Outside My Window
Note: this post originally had 73 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.