Here is a list of the world’s top 10 most dangerous animals and why. This list isn’t based on how venomous it is or other statistics but how dangerous it is towards humans.
Great White Shark
The most dangerous subspecies of the shark family, the great white shark is not the largest (although it is the largest predatory shark). Unlike in the movie Jaws, sharks are not bent on revenge. If they attack humans it’s because they think were fish. Whenever they sense blood in the water, they get excited and it can trigger one of their famous feeding frenzies in which they will bite everything that moves. Sharks strike no matter what time of day or the condition of the water. Hunger, territorial, defence, movement, and mistaken identity are the main reasons for these attacks.
Jellyfish are virtually road bumps in the ecosystem. They have no brain and only serve to eat zooplankton from the world’s oceans. To do so they extend their tentacles (ranging from 10 to 60), which secrete a toxic substance. These tentacles range from a few feet to 15 feet long. The box jellyfish, also known as the sea wasp, lives off the waters of Northern Australia and is the most poisonous sea creature in the world. This translucent being patrols the beaches, basically waiting for contact with its victim. The simple act of stepping on a tentacle can signify death in 4 minutes (but mere contact is not always fatal)
Crocodile Dundee, The Crocodile Hunter… you’d think this was an animal to inspire fear in people. It is. The North American, Nile, and Estuarine are the largest crocodile and therefore the most dangerous, especially saltwater crocs, which include humans on their list of prey. Again like most animals they attack when their hungry or defending their territory. The Australian estuarine crocodiles sometimes attack anything that moves. They lie still in the water and wait for their prey, then they overpower, drown and dismember their victim, before they devour their feast.
The killer bees are the result of an experiment gone terribly wrong. Brazilian scientists wanted to breed a new species of honeybee in the 1950s, but some bees escaped and began mating with Brazilian honeybees. The result? The Africanized bee. While they look exactly like a regular bee and are less venomous, they travel in packs and therein lies danger. Whenever they hear you coming with a lawnmower or trimmer, they will attack you. Even if you run away, they will chase you as far as 1000feet and they can continue attacking you for up to 10 hours. The species has slowly but surely crept up from South America and is now invading the Southern United States.
Arachnophobia is a very common fear among the population. Fortunately, spider bites are rather rare and harmless. But being attacked by a venomous spider can put an end to your life in a matter of hours. The funnel-web spider, whose body length ranges from 0.5 – 2 inches, is the most dangerous in the world. Hailing from Australia, they have massive fangs that can bite through a fingernail. The male might even enter building in search of a female and will become aggressive if cornered or disturbed.
There’s a reason why snakes have garnered such a bad name over the years. There are about 2 million people who suffer from snakebites every year throughout the world. More than 50,000 of these are fatal. The Asian Cobra is technically not the reptile with the strongest venom but, along with Russel’s Viper, it is the one that kills the most people annually. There are snakes in all parts of the world, but it is in Sri Lanka that they are most active.