Unique freshwater animals you had no idea existed

When you really think about it, the earth we’re standing or sitting on right now is pretty darn awesome. Yes, take a minute to really think about where you are and what you mean to the world – because although you may be an important member of the human race, you are just a tiny speck in a huge ball of minerals and rocks! The earth as a planet is rather inconspicuous when compared to some of the bigger players in the planet game, but we are still huge. With a radius of a whopping 6,371 km, this planet is home to around 7.6 billion people, which may seem like a lot, but is in fact relatively small. This is because the world may be large, but only a small part of it is hospitable for humans. 71% of the earth’s surface is covered in water, which means there is only 29% of the world ready and waiting for humans to live there. In fact, it’s amazing how much water we have on our planet, and when you think even more deeply about this fact, your mind probably wanders to the oceans and all of the sea creatures that live under the surface. While the oceans make up around 96.5% of the earth’s water, there is still a little bit left over for the likes of glaciers, water vapor, aquifers, as well as freshwater lakes and rivers. Did you know there are some pretty awesome creatures that you can find in freshwater?

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Although we love to fill our brains with all of the incredible creatures that live in the sea, the creatures who live in freshwater across the globe go relatively unnoticed. In our eyes, this just isn’t fair! After all, the human race wouldn’t be able to survive without fresh water. It provides essential drinking water that is also used for cooking, it is used to grow our crops, and both animals and humans rely on this freshwater for survival. However, most of us forget about that much of this water comes from lakes and rivers across the globe that are filled with some of the most magnificent animals known to man, woman, or beast. Of course, we can understand why people forget that these exist. Many of the lakes and rivers that house these animals are tucked away in the far corners of the earth and rarely see human life. They are difficult to get to, they are in the middle of luscious rainforests, they are in the middle of dry savannahs, and the volume of water in these places is relatively small when you think about the ocean in all of its glory. After all, would you rather go for a day at the beach or take a stroll around a lake?


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Because the ocean is so big and full of life, it’s easy to witness some of the coolest animals with your own eyes. You can simply paddle your feet and watch the little fishes swim past you, you can grab your snorkel and delve into the deep, or you could even just watch David Attenborough do his thing in Blue Planet. However, the same thing can’t be said for freshwater creatures. Because these rivers and lakes are often dark and murky and much less inviting, people rarely get up close and personal with these animals. They walk around the lakes and rivers rather than taking a paddle, and experts struggle to find them themselves. Instead, many of the most amazing freshwater creatures known to man were actually known to fishermen before the experts. Hobbyists and professionals alike have made their way into these freshwater areas to get their catch of the day, and have come out with some of the most unique and unusual freshwater creatures you can find…

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