It’s a fact, 70% of earth is covered by water and in these large water bodies there lies one of the most dangerous dreaded animals that will instantly split you into two or just make you some mincemeat in a couple of seconds others will kill you slowly but a truly a painful death.
We need water for survival and the reservoirs are just important for they are responsible of climate and the weather patterns and in addition the habitat for very many sea creatures. While many of us just think the elephant, tiger, lion, snake, leopard and even others dread for the harmless chameleon out there in the sea there is animals that are more aggressive dangerous, poisonous, fast, angry, and even hungry that they won’t mind having you as a snack. Here is a list of the top 10 most dangerous sea creatures that will not hesitate to either slice you into two, swallow you in full or inflict unimaginable pain.
Here are the top 10 most dangerous sea creatures
10. Flower Urchin
Despite being in class of plants, the flower urchin is among the deadly creatures human can encounter in the waters. It is described by the Guinness book of records as the most deadly sea urchin known today. In its own form of protection, the urchin produces highly toxic poison consisting of two dangerous toxins. These include Contractin, A which causes spasm on the body muscles, and peditoxin that causes convulsions. Both of these toxins are known to induce shock on victims that eventually leads to death. Oliver the years, marine researchers concluded that the toxins released to the victims by the urchin through its flower-like pedicellariae are responsible for deaths over the years.
Known to feed on prey, Barracuda is among the strongest fish found in the waters. Armed with strong and sharp teeth alongside its strength, the fish has capacity to inflict extensive injuries that lead to excessive bleeding and eventual death. A single injury from this fish requires hundreds of stitches to patch up. Once they attack, the fish also releases dangerous toxins to the victim’s body whose symptoms are likely to remain for months. With over 22 species of the fish indentified, the most dangerous of the barracuda is the great barracuda that is known to leap out of water and attack victim riding in boats and other water vessels.
8. Textile Cone Snail
With its beautiful appearance, the textile cone snail is one of major attractions for nature lovers and shell collectors. In an equal measure of its attraction, the snail is also extremely dangerous. It has capacity to produce dangerous venom through its teeth like harpoons. It is believed that a single drop of this venom is enough to kill 20 men and this makes it one of the most dreaded creatures. The dangerous venom produced by the snail is also strong enough to penetrate gloves and wet suits and this makes it more lethal.
7. Leopard Seal
One of the greatest predators in frigid waters, the leopard seal takes the seventh position among the most dangerous sea creatures. Its name is carved from its spotted body that looks more like an actual leopard. The seal is a great hunter whose speed and strength are undisputable. The seal has a reptile shaped head alongside sharp teeth with capacity to inflict extensive injuries on victims. Its mouth is large enough to fit a completely grown human head in one gulp. Despite its aggression in hunting, the danger of the seal is limited by its habitation where it is found only in frigid waters of south oceans a region where human activity is limited.
Stonefish is among the most venomous fish on the planet today. Among its physical features is the 13-needle sharp spikes that run along its back. Its ability to hide in mud and rocks keeps its victims a higher vulnerability of falling onto its dangerous trap. A unique fish that can survive out of the waters for more than 24 hours, the stonefish carries the day by inflicting most injuries on unsuspecting victims. The spikes carry strong and dangerous venom that is also attributed to the intense pain experienced by the victims. Venom produced through the spikes also cause respiratory paralysis and possible heart failure making them fatal.
5. Blue Ringed Octopus
A calm and attractive sea anima, the blue-ringed octopus is also equally dangerous. Unlike the aforementioned deadly creatures that attack even when the victim is unaware, the octopus attacks only when threatened. If observant the victim can easily tell when it’s about to strike and take to their heels. This is demonstrated by a change in appearance where the octopus changes to bright yellow and its blue rings become more vivid. It produces strong and dangerous venom where 30g of this venom is enough to kill 10 adults. Otherwise referred to as tetrodotoxin, the venom causes paralysis to the victim and more so the lungs leading to suffocation and eventual death. Immediate medical care can reduce the danger.
4. Box Jellyfish
With its name depicting its appearance, box jellyfish is available in different species. The deadliest of these is the sea wasp that is known to have strong and dangerous venom. It is estimated that a single sea wasp carries enough venom to kill over 60 adults. So strong is the venom that it kills within 5 minutes from the time of attack. Alongside its ability to kill fast, the sting is also extremely painful and is regarded to cause a sensation of hot iron burn.
3. Sea snakes
Believed to have evolved from the common land snakes, the sea snake species are known to be among the most dangerous in the waters. They carry very strong venom when compared to their land cousins. Though the venom is among the great hunting tools of the snakes, it is also lethal when induced on humans. It completely paralysis the victims as this makes it easy to prey. Though not aggressive, sea snakes live in shallow waters. These are areas frequented by humans hence increasing the danger.
2. Saltwater Crocodile
Known to be the biggest reptile alive today, the salt-water crocodile is considered a throwback of the ancient dinosaur. It is on record as having the strongest bite among all living creatures surpassing that of the shark by more than 10 times. In Australia alone, the crocodile is said to be responsible for an average of 2 deaths every year. Alongside its strength and big size, the crocodiles are also swift hunters with ability to swim at an average speed of 27 km/h. among the greatest massacres attributed to the crocodiles was that of Japanese solders during world war II when over 400 solders were killed by the crocodiles in a single night.
The worlds leading dangerous creatures in waters are the sharks. With high hunting skill unimaginable speeds and unequalled strengths. With its numerous species, the most dreaded is the white killer shark. This is attributed to have unique hunting skill where it hides beneath the victim and shoots up to attack at a high speed of up to 55 km/p. with its mouth wide open and lined with razor sharp teeth, the shark inflicts deep and extensive wounds on victims with over 20% of these turning to be fatal.
Exploring the waters is a calm exercise. It brings about numerous and life worth experiences. Despite this, it also brings about risks of attacks from numerous animals that live in the waters. It is for this reason that the list of top 10 most dangerous sea creatures aims to provide an insight into the extent of risk that such an exploration may pose. With adequate caution however, the sea is relatively safe.