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The world is full of surprises. Sometimes they are apparent, sometimes they are not. All you need to do is to look for them. If you are looking to make your next trip as adventurous and exciting as possible (without having to risk your life too much for a bit of adrenaline), check out the following list of ten places where you can find highly unusual fauna and plants.
1. Walking Fish in San Diego, California

San Diego has got more than just a fantastic zoo and an
aquarium. Upon full moon, every month, the tide brings
masses of small fish, the California Grunion. Yes, they
actually come out of the water, bury their bodies in the
sand, lay eggs and return back into the ocean until the next
tide. It is a must-see sight if you are in San Diego.
Check out  the observation season and Grunion run schedule
on SanDiego.com website.
2. Glowing Mushrooms in Ribeira Valley Tourist State Park, near Sao Paulo, Brazil

Ever wondered how glowing mushrooms actually look like? Ribeira Valley Tourist State Park in Brazil has them. Besides exploring scenic caves and watching local wildlife, planning a trip to a spot in the park where there is little light might help you witness one of nature greatest wonders.  
3. Jumping Roaches in Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town, South Africa

Amid the calmness and majestic diversity of the Table Mountain national park resides a creature that has been haunting people’s places for eons. If you don’t like cockroaches, then this story is not for you. But if you are fascinated by  these conspicuous beings, you will be intrigued to know that scientists have discovered a new species in this national park: the leaproach. It is one of the top 10 new discovered species in 2010 listed by the International Institute for Species Exploration. When you go visiting the park, keep in mind that the leaproaches exist and ensure you use plenty of bug repellant to avoid unpleasant encounters with them.
4.  Circus Trees in Gilroy Gardens, City of Gilroy, California

Art comes in different forms. Sometimes it comes in the most unexpected form. At the beginning of the 20th century, a man by the name of Axel Erlandson grafted trees. Using a special technique, he shaped trees into unusual forms such as heart, basket weaves and rings. His trees became known as Circus trees and today they are one of the attractions available in Gilroy Gardens. If you are around in the area, be sure to visit them.
5. Secretary Birds in Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya

Ever wondered what happens when you combine an
eagle with a crane? You get a bird that looks like the
Secretary bird. It is one of the world’s most interesting
pray birds that lives in Kenya’s Masai Mara Game
Reserve (among other places). With crane-like legs and
eagle-like wings, this bird stands tall at about 4 feet. It
spends much time on the ground hunting for snakes,
small mammals and insects.  

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