Read Local: Unusual Creatures — Carnivorous Seahorses and the Truth about Honey Badgers

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What is an unusual creature? According to author Michael Hearst, “An animal that looks, sounds, smells, or acts in a way that makes you stop and say, “Whoa, dude! What's up with that?”

There are 50 animals who garner such a response from Hearst in his new book, Unusual Creatures: A Mostly Accurate Account of Some of Earth's Strangest Animals (Chronicle 2012). A composer best-known as a member of One Ring Zero, Hearst has already released an album, Songs for Unusual Creatures, on the subject.

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