6 animals that will survive an apocalypse

2014-03-11 10:22

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Cape Town - Science and the study of the planet has shown that nature is volatile and constantly trying to kill us in some way or another, but there are certain animals that have the ability to face nature and win

According to a report on the Real Clear site there are six animals that have the ability to take mother nature's assault and come back fighting. 

Number one on the list is the Devil worm. This species was only discovered in 2011 and is found deep beneath the earth at about 3.5km below the earth’s surface.

This species of nematode holds the record for living deeper(in the earth’s surface) than any other multicellular organism.

They spend their lives in total darkness eating bacteria and drinking 12 000 year old water. Living deep underneath the earth’s surface is perhaps the reason why the Devil worm is untouchable.


Number two on the list is the Himalayan Jumping Spider. These animals are totally opposite to the Devil worm because they hold the record for living on a surface that is so high no other animal can live there.

The Himalayan spider lives 6.5km above sea level. Therefore it can survive low pressures and freezing temperatures.

Moreover this amazing creature can survive long periods without food. The only form of nutrition the spider gets are tiny insects that get blown up the mountain by high winds.


Number three on the list is the Immortal Jellyfish. This animal has the amazing ability to survive the aging process. The jellyfish does this by reverting back to its infant stage during adverse conditions.

There seems to be no limit to the amount of times the jellyfish can revert back to its infant stage.

However they are highly vulnerable to disease and predators when they become smaller.


Number four on the list is the Red Flat Bark Beetle. This creature has the ability to withstand freezing conditions. According to scientists the bark beetle can withstand -150°C.

They do this by creating a antifreeze protein that helps their blood flow better instead of crystallising in clod temperatures.

Their blood also contains glycerol which stops the freezing process.

The Red Flat Bark Beetle predominantly lives in northern areas like Canada and Alaska.

Number five on the list is the Pompeii Worm. This super worm has the ability to withstand extreme heat.

These sea worms live in thermal vents on the ocean floor. Their tails remain in the vents where conditions can go up to 80°C. Their heads however poke out every so often in order to catch food.

What this essentially means is that half of their bodies experience extreme heat.

Scientists believe that the Pompeii worm can resist heat because they have bacteria that coats their body shielding them from the heat.


Number six on the list is the Tardigrade. This one millimetre long creature looks like alien and can survive almost anything.

The animal according to scientists can survive zero degree temperatures but also temperatures that can go up to 148°C.

The Tardigrade can go 10 years without drinking any water and can withstand 1 00 times the lethal dose of radiation experienced by humans.

In 2007 scientists sent the Tardigrade to space and yes you guessed it, most of them came back unscathed.

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