21 Animals With Names That Will Quite Possibly Confuse You
Someone might have been confused when it came to deciding these poor guys' names. Here are a pack of animals whose monikers might leave you scratching your head.
If it looks like a goat, bleats like a goat and smells like a goat, then it's ... well, actually, it's an antelope.
Is it a raccoon? A fox? A panda? Two out of three isn't bad: the adorable animal is actually related to both pandas and raccoons.
It's the Simba of the sea - sort of. Sea lions are what are known as pinnipeds, which means they're marine mammals that walk on their flippers. But many sea lions have a thick mane running along their necks like, well, lions.
These dolphins (yes, dolphins) are some of the ocean's largest predators and they like to hunt in packs of up to 40 to take down prey - hence, the "killer" in their moniker. As for the "whale" part? They resemble whales more than dolphins.
These rhinos are grayish-brown, not white, and it's actually their lip shape that makes them different from other rhinos, not their color.
The Austrailian Shepherd is bred in Europe, not Down Under - where they're not even recognized as a breed. They are, however, closely related to Basque shepherds which did originate in Australia, and that's how they got their name.
Sperm whales got their name because their heads are covered in spermaceti (a substance that hardens when cold) and not sperm, as a bunch of seamen once believed.
Not only are they not lemurs, nor even primates, but also don't have wings and can't fly. They are the most closely related species to primates, however, and are also known as colugos. They got the moniker "lemur" thanks to their resemblance and nocturnal lifestyles.
Sure, it resembles a cucumber - but that's not a veggie. The sea cucumber is actually an echinoderm and they come in a lot of different shapes.
These guys got their names because they look like little balls of fire in the night sky. They do light up, but not because they have fire (or lightning) in their butts. (Obviously.) What's not so obvious? They aren't flies - they're actually beetles.
Okay, so it's pretty clear that he's not really a dragon - he's just a really big lizard. The Komodo dragon is named for Indonesia's Komodo Island, but its forked tongue was thought to resemble that of mythical dragons.
Striking resemblance, but can you imagine trying to get a saddle on that thing? Seahorses are actually just awesome-looking fish, but poor swimmers (and awful runners).
Technically, they're not bugs and only half of them are even ladies. At least Americans have one-up on the Brits, though, who named them after birds. During the Middle Ages, insects were eating crops and spoiling harvests, so farmers prayed for relief. When the ladybugs began showing up to eat the insects, farmers called them the "Bug of Our Lady" or "Our Lady's Bug" in reference to the Virgin Mary. Hence, ladybugs.
Though not actually hogs - just spiny foraging mammals- they do grunt like pigs when hunting for food, which is what inspired the moniker.
Not only is the name misleading, but it's impossibly to pronounce! (It's goo-ee-duck). The geoduck is actually a clam that resides deep in the sand in the Pacific Northwest. The name comes from the Nisqually Indian word qweduc, meaning "dig deep."