Witches, ghosts and goblins. Scary stuff, but perhaps not as scary as these five real-life "monsters."

1.       The Blobfish

Let's just start this list off right with this pretty guy. Aptly named for his generous figure and grumpy appearance, the blobfish won The Ugly Animal Society's "world's ugliest animal" contest by 10,000 votes in 2013.

The blobfish in the picture above is unfortunately dead, since the fish cannot survive even in shallow waters, according to The Telegraph. This loner resides deep in the waters off the coast of Australia and New Zealand and seems to travel solo. Since its food supply on the ocean floor is scarce, the blobfish conserves its energy by just hanging out. When in water, the gelatinous skin creates buoyancy and the fish has the same density as the water.

2.       The Coconut Crab

The coconut crab is found on islands in the Pacific and Indian oceans, according to Smithsonian Magazine, and can grow up to 3 feet and weigh 9 pounds.

The crab mostly dines on coconut meat. When a coconut isn't available on the ground, the crab simply climbs a tree and cuts down his own. The large crab also enjoys leaves, fruit, molted exoskeletons and (ew!) other coconut crabs, but also has been known to consume chickens and kittens, according to Wired.


There is also an interesting and slightly disturbing theory that Amelia Earhart did not die at sea, but rather was sniffed out and eaten by a swarm of coconut crabs.

3.        The Goblin Shark

This handsome devil lives deep in the waters near Japan, the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, and the Atlantic Ocean, according to Sharks-World. The goblin shark resides so deep in the ocean that the status of the "vampire shark" population is unclear.

The goblin shark feeds on humans.

Just kidding.

He prefers sting ray, mollusks and the occasional squid.

His table manners are perhaps not the best. "They have a very unique way of attacking their prey," according to Sharks-World. "When they approach it their jaw goes out similar to how a human can stick out its tongue. Then with a sucking motion they draw they prey into their mouth where very powerful teeth are waiting to consume it."

4.        The California Condor

This bald guy seems to have fallen down the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down. The California condor is extremely rare and the largest flying bird in North America, according to Mother Nature Network. The lack of head feathers allows the bird to feast on large carrion without getting messy.

5.        The Aye-Aye

From the land of Madagascar, the aye-aye has a face only a mother could love and eyes that will haunt your dreams. The aye-aye is the largest nocturnal primate, according to TripBase. He uses his long, boney middle finger to scoop grubs from trees.