News from the Natural World: The Mata Mata has won the worlds greatest smile competition.
News from the Natural World: The Mata Mata has won the worlds greatest smile competition. In a shocking world first, a non-human has won the worlds greatest smile competition. The worlds greatest smile competition is one of the biggest sporting events on the human calendar. People from all corners of the globe come together to compete in a huge avalanche of smugness. Each of them aiming to be crowned the champion smiler. For years the humans had excluded all other species from the competition and only allowed their own to enter. But many of the animal kingdoms famous smilers had been lobbying for years to join the competition to no avail. This year the humans finally caved in and let animals enter. But there was one animal that all the others knew had a real chance of beating the humans… the Mata Mata. The Mata Mata turtle lives in South America and is well known for its camouflage. This allows it to blend in effortlessly with the plant detritus, rocks and algae of its freshwater homes. Also, it has a bark-like knobby shell and a long broad sturdy neck that supports its large wedge-shaped head. In addition, the Mata Mata is known for its odd feeding behaviour. They lurk at the bottom of murky pools, waiting for a fish to swim by then lunge forward open their mouth and suck the prey in like a vacuum. But these charismatic little reptiles are most famous for their show-stopping ear to ear smile.