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10 Most DANGEROUS Ocean Creatures In the World
Oceans host a thriving ecosystem that has forever mesmerized us. And much of it remains unexplored.
But still, we have a wealth of information about some of the animals that thrive in the depths of the world’s oceans. We know about the super friendly dolphins that wouldn’t mind goofing around with us. We also know of other marine life that is just too lethal to mess with.
From excruciating pain to delivering potent venom, these creatures have built an air of dread around them.
In today’s video, we bring you 10 of these oceanic bad guys.
Lionfish are endemic to the Indo-Pacific where they feast on smaller fish and other smaller marine life. And they’re quite a colorful lot spotting white, red, black or creamy bands. According to scientists, these are all warnings against any would-be predator that attacking a lionfish is not the best of ideas.
And rightfully so.
This fish species is known for its venomous spiky fin ray that is the go-to apparatus for defense. The venom released isn’t always fatal to humans but has been found to cause a wide array of effects.
They include extreme pain that can last up to several weeks, sweating, breathing difficulties, vomiting, and convulsions. For a larger part, that’s about it.
But occasionally, the venom can have more devastating effects such as heart failure, paralysis, and even death. Such extreme effects are common in children, the elderly, those who are allergic to the venom, and those with a compromised immune system.
Despite all that though, lionfish are a worthwhile delicacy with the correct preparation.
#9 Sea Snakes
Sea snakes, as the name suggests, are well-adapted to life in the oceans. In fact, a vast majority are completely aquatic except the sea kraits that venture on land occasionally.
But unlike fish, they don't have gills. Therefore, they have to surface every once in a while for the much-needed shot of air. As of now, at least 69 species of sea snakes are known and they live in the western Pacific Ocean and the warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean.
They’re known to be a venomous lot, just like a good deal of their terrestrial counterparts so maybe encountering them in their natural habitat is potentially dangerous.
But the good news is that sea snakes aren’t always looking to bite. However, that doesn’t mean they’re exactly harmless reptiles.
Remember there are over 60 different species which means there is bound to be a lot of variation in the temperament. There are a few that are more likely to strike at the slightest provocation. The most worrisome thing about sea snake bites is that the venom-injecting bites are usually painless.
But symptoms set in later and will include sweating, thirst, vomiting, and paralysis. Fatality will occur especially when the respiratory muscles are paralyzed.
#8 Blue-ringed Octopus
Blue-ringed octopuses hang out in coral reefs and tide pools in the Indian and Pacific Oceans between Japan and Australia. Their name is derived from the blue and black rings that dot their yellowish skin.
They’re pretty small in size and hardly aggressive creatures. But messing with them is the last thing you’d want to do. And messing with in this case means touching them.
When threatened, they prefer to take off but they’ll revert to a different strategy when the threat persists.
They’ll put on a display with their skin turning a bright yellow and each of the rings flashing a bright iridescent blue. Now that’s not an invitation to play. It’s a warning to back off.
If you disregard and move in to touch the octopus, it will, of course, bite you. It’s a small and painless bite but one that sets off a chain of fatal events.
Through it, the blue-ringed octopus injects one of the most lethal venoms that is enough; get this, to kill up to 26 adult humans within a matter of minutes. And worst of all is that there is no antidote for the venom.
The venom causes total body paralysis where even though you’re fully aware of your surroundings, you can neither move nor do anything.
#7 Great White Shark
Great white sharks are right on top of the food chain in ecosystems where they frequent – and that’s pretty much in every ocean on the globe. But narrowing down, these marine apex predators prefer waters with temperature ranges of between 12 and 24 degrees Celsius. So they’re found in abundance in the Mediterranean, South Africa, Japan, and the United States.
While most animals in this video create an air of terror around them due to either poison or venom, the great white shark depends on its size to intimidate and subdue prey or perceived threat.