The animal kingdom is full of silly schnozzles, bizarre beaks and nutty noses so in recognition of Red Nose Day today here in the UK, ARKive presents its top ten hilarious hooters!
What a nose! It is more suited to a pig than a reptile! The pig-nosed turtle’s nose acts as a snorkel, whilst the body remains underwater and out of sight. With a face like that, it’s probably a good thing!
A well-adapted schnozzle
The saiga antelope’s enlarged conk is used to warm up cool air in the freezing winters of its range, and filter out dust during the dry summer migrations. Impressive for a large nose!
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
This enlarged hooter may be used in sexual selection. Larger noses produce stronger vocalisations therefore, the male proboscis monkey with the largest nose is thought to be more attractive to females.
Looking at this nose leaves you starry-eyed!
The star-nosed mole’s extraordinary muzzle is covered with sensory receptors, used to detect its food underground. Talk about sniffing out lunch!
I think I need a dentist!
This unusual snout looks rather painful! The Sulawesi babirusa’s top tusks are actually its upper canines, that have pushed through the skin of the snout. Imagine your canines pushing through your upper lip!
Does my bill look big in this?
From just taking a glance at the shoebill, it is easy to tell that this is a well adapted predator. The large, powerful beak is tipped with a sharp spike, handy when grasping slippery morsels.
This peculiar, elongated snout either acts as a sensory organ, or helps to channel plankton into the mouth. The paddlefish as a filter feeder is unusual, because it is found in freshwater.
Who you calling funny looking?
Oh my neck!
The rhinoceros hornbill must get neck-ache holding that weighty beak and appendage up!
Is there something on my face?
When the male hooded seal displays to females, a strange balloon-like membrane pops out of one nostril. Very attractive don’t you think ladies?!
Ben Morris, ARKive Species Text Author Intern