Although most people don’t think about it very much, the world is a dangerous place. Of course there is crime; there is disease. There are accidents and natural disasters – all bad – right? Yes! Of course – but because many of us now-a-days live in urban centers, we have forgotten how lethal the world can be. Once you step outside your front door and venture into woods, lakes, oceans or mountains – there’s a good chance you’ll have at least one creature you’ll have to watch out for, or suffer the consequences. Many animals will only attack when provoked, while others are on a one-man mission to bite you, infect you and generally ruin your life. So be careful out there!
Found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the Blue-Ringed octopus is amongst the most venomous creatures in the deep blue sea. So if the blue-ringed octopus feels under attack, they will strike and essentially asphyxiate the victim with their venom – as it paralyzes respiratory muscles.
Also known as a ‘blue bottle’ or a ‘floating terror’, the Portuguese Man of War is not actually a jellyfish but a siphonphore. A Portuguese Man of War will sting you, leaving large welts and almost whip-like marks on the skin. Apart from the reported searing pain, sometimes the venom will make its way to lymph nodes, causing cold-like symptons. They are found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.
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Found in coastal sea waters around the world, the Great White shark doesn’t necessarily want to eat humans, but they are quite happy to have a taste. Known for the largest percentage of attacks on people, they are formidable creatures with females sometimes weighing in at over 4000 lbs.