Our planet is filled with exceptional and special things like plants, fish, birds, rocks and minerals. Now, some of these it has in abundance but there are certain sub-types that are incredibly rare. This article is all about the rarest of them all things, so uncommon you’d be lucky to see them just once in your lifetime. So let’s jump right in and take a look at the rarest thing in the world and off-course from the planet Earth you want to see once in your life.
A Meteorite is a solid piece of debris from an object such as a comet, asteroid or meteoroid that comes from outer space and makes its way through the atmosphere and lands on our planet. Now, scientists estimate that only between 36 to 166 meteorites larger than 10 grams fall to Earth per million square kilometers per year. So based on that, it’s very rare to stumble across and discover one and sometimes what’s inside of them can be even rarer. The inside of a meteorite is often more beautiful and interesting than the outside. They consist of elements that you’d find on Earth and no one has ever found a new element in one of these objects.
However, some Meteorites may contain elements and minerals that are very uncommon on this planet so if you’re extremely lucky and managed to find one, it could just fall into the standard meteorite category but you could get even luckier and find a rare type. Depending on size and elements contained, these have been sold from anywhere between one hundred thousand dollars to 1.7 million dollars and the one of the rarest thing in out planet.
2 Living Rock (Pyura Chilensis)
One of the rarest organisms in the world tends to be rare because you could walk right past it and not see it. That’s because it looks like a rock but inside it looks like one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen. It’s called the Pyura chilensis or living rock and it can only be found in certain coastal regions of Chile and Peru and they’re in a mobil filter feeder and a class of sea squirts.
The organism is born male, but it becomes hermaphroditic at puberty then impregnates itself to reproduce. It’s not actually that scarce to people who know what to look for but for the trained eye there are farmers that actually go out there and collect these to sell for a fortune to top restaurants as they kind of consider the delicacy and the restaurants once they get them. They saw them open with hand saws to get to the supposed fleshy goodness inside.
Now, some people have accidentally discovered a living rock by stepping on them and when that happens it’s said to explode and what looks like blood flies everywhere.
Bismuth is a beautiful metal that is obtained as a by-product by refining lead, copper, tin, silver, and gold and it’s mostly used to manufacture low melting alloys to make things such as electrical fuses. And when heated and cooled, it naturally crystallizes and forms these incredible shapes and patterns and colors. Now, you can easily buy some bismuth and make these colorful formations for yourself.
Bismuth is relatively cheap, and as mentioned, it has a super low melting point,so you just have to order some online, heat it up, and watch it form awesome shapes and patterns when it’s cooling down. Bismuth is quite a rarest metal in the earth’s crust. But here’s the thing it’s usually found like this in all form and never in its native state. There are only a few recorded examples of people ever finding a piece of business that’s formed into this pretty formation by a natural process.
4 Underwater Forest
Underwater Forest part of the 1300ft 400 meters long Lake kingdom Kazakhstan’s portion of the Tanzania Mountains. The forest is located 80 miles, 129 km from the city of Almaty. It is actually a sunken forest that was formed after an enormous limestone landslide due to an earthquake in 1911. This is surely an marvel and rarest thing of our planet Earth.
5 Jewel Squid (Jeweled Squid)
One of the rarest creatures known to man is the Jewel Squid. It’s rare because it can only be found in a few places. One of those places it can be found is the Mid Atlantic Ridge, a few thousand meters below the surface and because those depths aren’t easily accessible, it’s only really ever seen on rare occasions, like when a deep sea fisherman luckily captures one.
Now, there are more than 300 known species of squids, but the jeweled squids are very unique and by far the most uncommon. They have one eye larger than the other, and they’re covered in sparkling bioluminescent photophores which look like jewels given his name. Now, as mentioned, the jeweled squid is one of the rarest sea creatures known to man and because 95% of the world’s oceans are still unexplored, it’s safe to say there are countless other species of fish that are still undiscovered.
6 The Wave Arizona
Being the strong contender in our list of rarest things in the world, the Wave Arizona located in Arizona USA. This unique sandstone formation on the slopes of the Coyote Boots in the Paria Canyon Vermilion Cliffs wilderness is famous among hikers and photographers due to its colorful and rippling forms.
7 Bioluminescent Plankton
One of the rarest natural phenomena is something called Bioluminescent Plankton and it lights up beaches and looks magical. It kind of looks like something that would occur on an alien planet. Now, certain creatures, both on land and at sea, can produce light through chemical reactions taking place within their bodies. This is known as Bioluminescence, and basically what you’re seeing here is large amounts of plankton lighting up using that Bioluminescence.
Now, Bioluminescent plankton can be seen in all of the world’s oceans. You may be lucky enough to see a single dimly lit strand on a beach near you, but to see it on a scale like this is another story. There are hotspots around the world where it’s been known to form in this magnitude and light up the coast at night and they’re in tropical places like the Maldives and Cambodia and Thailand. But still, seeing Bioluminescence on this scale, even at one of those hotspots, is considered to be a once in a lifetime sight.
8 Rafflesia Arnoldii (The Corpse Flower)
The largest and rarest flower in the world is called the Rafflesia Arnoldii, also known as the corpse flower. It can only be found in the rainforests of Southeast Asia and to be honest, you probably wouldn’t want to find one of these. That’s because it’s a parasitic flowering plant that is said to smell absolutely awful. Some have described a stench to be the same as rotting flesh. Stumbling across this would probably make you want to throw up and run away as fast as possible. Maybe that’s why it’s so rare people literally don’t want to find it.
It was discovered in 1818 and was observed to take 9 months for the flower to bloom, with the bloom only lasting a week. So to find one of these is highly unlikely. But to find a bloomed one would be near impossible, unless you waited around for the bloom alongside that smell. Now, those blooms have been known to measure a huge 3 feet and 6 inches in diameter and weigh 24 pounds, giving it the title of the largest flower in the world. But unfortunately, it could be about to get even rarer.
9 Albino Humpback Whale
This Albino Humpback Whale was first sighted in 1991 and is found along the Eastern coast of Australia called legally indigenous Australian word for whitefella Bigelow is a male and has shown signs of skin cancer due to the absence of skin pigment each year. The Queensland and New South Wales government introduced legislation for creating a 1600ft 500 m exclusion zone around the Whale.
10 Rainbow Eucalyptus
Rainbow Eucalyptus eucalyptus decluttr commonly known as the Rainbow Eucalyptus is the only eucalyptus species found naturally in New Britain, New Guinea, Sarum, Sulawesi and Mindanao. As the outer bark is shed annually, the inner greener bark is revealed which then matures and turns purple, orange and maroon.
11 Reflective Salt Flats
Reflective Salt Flats Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat at 486 square miles, 10582 km² salt flats are vast areas of land covered with salt and other minerals and shine brightly under the sun situated near the crest of the Andes at an altitude of 11995 ft, 3656 m above sea level Salar de Uyuni is a major tourist attraction in Bolivia.
12 Pink Lake Hillier In Australia
Located on a small island off the southern coast of Australia is a Lake you might think twice about swimming in. Measuring 2000ft or 600 meters in length by 820ft or 250 meters wide, this neon pink Lake lives on Middle Island.
Lake Hillier’s bright pink color comes from multiple sources surrounded by dense woodlands, a rim of sand, and the ocean. Researchers collected samples of sediment and water from the lake which was used in a metagenomic analysis. This analysis looks at the DNA and the samples which can identify species that live in the salty lake. The results showed a thriving community of things living in the salty waters.
Dunaliella salina bacteria already identified in Lake Retba, a Pink Lake in Senegal, was found which, if you’re wondering, has salinity levels reaching 40%, which is almost as much as the Dead Sea. Pigment compounds created by this algae enhance its ability to absorb sunlight. Other life forms, including salamin, bacter, uhr and species of archaea were also found in Lake Hillier which both give off pinkish red color in nature as well.
13 Frozen Air Bubbles
Frozen Air Bubbles, This rare phenomenon can be seen at the Abraham Lake, which is an artificial lake on North Saskatchewan River in western Alberta, Canada. The lake was formed in 1972 due to the construction of the Bighorn Dam. It is famous for its frozen air bubbles underwater, which are very popular with tour artists and photographers.
14 Blood Falls
Blood Falls, the outflow of this reddish flume of water from the edge of Taylor Glacier in Mcmurdo Dry Valleys in Victoria Land, East Antarctica is a site like no other. Scientists initially thought the red color was due to some form of algae but later found it was because of the presence of salinity and iron that give water its color. Almost 2 million years ago, the glacier sealed a small water body containing an ancient community of microbes below a layer of ice that metabolizes sulfate and ferric ions in it to survive.
15 Peacock Spider
The male Peafowl Spider – Maratus volans – was one of seven named species of Peter Peacock Spider endemic to Australia. The jumping spiders are a family in the largest group of spiders, Salticidae, which can be found all over the world.
Peacock Spider memoryless voluntour the Peacock Spider belongs to the jumping spider family and is only found in specific parts of Australia and China. These spectacular creatures are usually very tiny no bigger than a fingernail and feature different shades of color.
16 The Writing Shakespeare
The writing Shakespeare did in his life, apparently his name wasn’t one of the things that he wrote often. There are six known pieces of Shakespeare’s handwriting, all of which appear to be his signature on some sort of legal document. Even those are in dispute, since he appears to spell his name differently in each instance. These signatures are considered to be the most valuable signatures in the world, valued around $5 million each.
17 Purple Carrots
The first carrots ever cultivated weren’t orange. They were Purple and Yellow, originating in Afghanistan and eventually spreading throughout Asia and the Middle East. By all accounts, Purple Carrots are better for you than their orange counterparts, but fell out of style for reasons that are disputed. One popular theory is that Dutch carrot farmers started growing orange carrots exclusively in honor of William the Orange and the trends spread throughout Europe. Purple Carrots still exist if you look hard enough or grow them yourself.
18 Honus Wagner Card
Dubbed the Mona Lisa of baseball cards, the T 206 Honus Wagner Card was produced from 1909 to 1911 by the American Tobacco Company as a pack in bonus with cigarette packs; only about 50 to 200 cards were ever distributed. In 1933, the Honus Wagner Card was valued at $50, making it the most valuable baseball card in the world at the time. Today, the T 206, in good condition, routinely sells at auction for $2 to $3 million.
19 Purple Corn
According to Ancient legend, Purple Corn has been around for more than 2,000 years. In modern history, it’s been grown and harvested in the Andean region of South America-Primarily Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Argentina.
Purple Corn is a type of flamma is grown in the Andes region of South America and most commonly found in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. The Charles of the corn is often used to color foods and beverages.
20 Glowing Forest
The Glowing Forest of Shikoku, Japan, features a variety of luminescent mushrooms that amid lights, giving them a spectacular appearance. The mushrooms are usually found in clusters on dead stumps and logs.
In this forest, luminescent fungi are responsible for lighting up this forest for just a short period of time each year.
Some people think the rarest gems in the world are diamonds, but that’s not the case. The rarest is actually a gem that can only be found in Myanmar, and up until 2001, only 2 were ever discovered. Those 2 samples can be found in London’s Natural History Museum, and the gem is called Painite. Painites have an attractive red and orange coloring, but they’re quite brittle, meaning they present some challenges for gem cutters. They can easily be fractured, so they tend to cut them small and shallow, which impairs their brilliance.
Since 2001, a lot more Painites have been found. You can even go online and get a little one for as low as $100, but they’re just considered junk in the gem world but if you somehow managed to find a high quality specimen of Painite, it could net you at least $60,000 per carat.