Deadly water animals.
Being born in a coastal town, I am obviously a water lover. Living in a Mediterranean country you are blessed with mild winters and long, hot summers, so my strolls and baths at the sea would start as early as May weekends, to finish late September- oh that lovely, salty breeze of the early summer mornings.
I would walk bare feet on the shore to collect sea-shells, starfish washed ashore, and beautiful, colorful stones rounded almost to perfection from the waters through thousands of years.
Sometimes, my brother and I, would sit for hours to build a sand castle. Truth being told, I would just decorate the walls with sea-shells, being not that much of the building kind of type. All those years the only accidents at sea I can remember involve sea urchins and some salty water breathed through the nose while in the early stages of learning to swim (which turns out not to be a bad thing at all for your nose and the sinuses).
I guess, I was from the lucky ones. Even though in our waters you didn’t encounter many dangerous animals, all over the world, the waters harbor apart from beautiful, marvelous creatures and mysteries, some of the most dangerous animals of the world as well.
Below goes a list of the most dangerous sea creatures:
1. The Great White Shark
Great white sharks are found in almost all coastal and offshore waters in all major oceans. Reaching lengths of nearly 20 feet and weighing anywhere up to 4,200 pounds, the great white is known as the world’s largest predatory fish. Harboring an estimated 3,000 teeth, great white sharks tend to eat a variety of fish and marine animals, including smaller sharks, dolphins, seals, sea lions, turtles and even blubber from dead whales. Humans are most often attacked due to a case of mistaken identity, often being viewed as a seal or another blubber-filled meal.
2. The Stone Fish
With more than 1,200 species, venomous fish far outnumber the amount of poisonous snakes and poisonous invertebrates combined. The most notable of these poisonous fish include stonefish, catfish, lionfish, scorpion fish and stargazers. These fish have the capability to produce their own toxins and inject venom through their spines located in their fins, tentacles or bite. More than 50,000 injuries are reported annually. Of these, most are reported as blisters but if untreated, can be deadly. The stone fish is classified as the most dangerous, known venomous fish.
3. Saltwater crocodile
Found most commonly in northern Australia and Southeast Asia, the saltwater crocodile is the largest existing reptile. Adult males can reach lengths up to 20 to 23 feet while females are much smaller, usually not more than 10 feet. These crocs have between 64 and 68 teeth and can weigh more than 3,500 pounds. As juveniles, their diet generally consists of small prey such as insects, amphibians, small fish and reptiles. As the animal grows, however, so does its ability to hunt. An adult will still prey on smaller animals; but they are capable of capturing animals up to the size of a wild boars, sharks and domestic livestock. The saltwater croc is said to be the most dangerous reptile to humans, with several reported fatalities each year.
4. Sea Snake
Sea snakes are noted descendants from Australian land snakes, evolving into aquatic reptiles. Sea snakes are confined to the tropical oceans, notably the Indian and western Pacific ocean, and 32 species have been found in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. They are reasonably large, but seldom exceeding a length of seven feet. Although not inclined to bite unless provoked, their venom tends to be more toxic than venom from land snakes, making them possibly the most dangerous of all animals. Most sea snakes can produce 10-15 milligrams of venom at a time, with a fatal dose being about 1.5 mg! Fortunately, anti-venom is readily available that can be used against all sea snake venoms, so human fatalities rarely occur.
5. Greater Blue-Ringed Octopus
Residing in the Pacific Ocean anywhere from Japan to Australia, the blue-ringed octopus feeds off of small crabs, shrimp and wounded fish. At the size of a golf ball and having a yellowish/brown coloring, it is easily able to camouflage itself into its surroundings. Although small in size, this octopus has powerful enough venom to kill humans with just one bite. With no known antidote, this makes it the most toxic known sea creature.
Sources: Animal Planet