9 real animals (that should only exist in nightmares) [SLIDESHOW]

Nature is beautiful, except when it’s terrifying.

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  • The Japanese spider crab lives up to its name a little too well. (JENS BUTTNER/AFP/Getty Images)
  • The monkfish is considered a delicacy by food aficionados and a horrible monster by everyone else. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
  • The Sphinx cat is the perfect pet for any family with allergies or plans for world domination. (JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • This turkey vultures is the complete package: empty black eyes, razor sharp beak, blotchy red skin, and a hole through its face for no reason. (JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
  • The frilled shark is an excellent reason to avoid open water. (Photo by Awashima Marine Park/Getty Images)
  • Elephant seals enjoy spending time together and screaming curses at the sky. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
  • The aye aye is a member of the lemur family and the Alice Cooper fan club. (Photo by Rob Cousins/Bristol Zoo via Getty Images)
  • The Tasmanian Devil is only scary if you don't like vicious rodents with huge fangs. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)