9 Scariest Animals Still Roaming The Planet Today

Basking Shark

The basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) may appear intimidating, yet it embodies Finding Nemo's shark motto: “Fish are friends, not food.” Oceana claims these fish are second only to the whale shark in size.


The aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) is cute and terrifying. The world's largest nocturnal primate, this Madagascar lemur has wide blazing eyes, long fingers, and bat-like ears.

Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox

Found in the Philippines, the giant golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus) is the world's largest bat, with a wingspan of approximately 5 feet 6 inches.

Shoebill Stork

Consider walking peacefully across east-central Africa when this gigantic bird appears and threatens to murder you. Shoebill storks (Balaeniceps rex) aren't the real thing.

Southern Cassowary

Speaking of creepy birds, how about one that looks like it should be a dinosaur? Southern cassowaries, native to northern Australia, have long, sharp claws and a helmet on their heads.

Star-Nosed Mole

While the babies are sort of adorable, adult star-nosed moles (Condylura cristata) look like space creatures with face tentacles. The 22 "arms" of their star-shaped noses are packed with sensory receptors

Crocodile Monitor

Weighing an average of 44 pounds, crocodile monitors (Varanus salvadorii) are large lizards native to New Guinea that like to chill out in trees. They're often considered to be one of the longest lizards in the world

Portuguese Man O' War

The Portuguese man o’ war (Physalia physalis) looks like an alien straight out of the latest sci-fi blockbuster and is a perfect reminder to not mess with the ocean.