What's got more vertebrae than any other animal? The slender snipe eel - around 750 for extra bendy, whippy horror. 1.5 metres of shudder-lash, this fellows beak is covered in tiny teeth, the better to shred you. It typically wears a top hat (which it doffs using its tail) and affects a rich baritone. This is no mean feat given its natural voice is thin and very reedy. Will barge rudely into you with its coils and boom 'Good DAY!' at you. Then shred you a bit on the way past. The best (worst) thing about the snipe eel is its anus is in its throat. That's right. Not an ideal dinner companion and makes its cravat wearing habit more understandable.