The 10 Deadliest Sea Creatures by Jack Booth
Most dangerous sea creatures
And while some of these animals—like dolphins and whales—have given us everything from Hollywood blockbusters to IRL medical advances, other ocean dwellers have brought us nothing more than fear and fatalities. Take the fearsome stonefish, for instance. Titan triggerfish are beautiful and bold, but divers know to keep their distance. The electric eel—not actually an eel, by the way—gets its name from the way it attacks and kills its predators and prey. Its body contains organs filled with nearly 6, electrolytes that store electricity like small batteries; when something like, say, a human gets close, the not-actually-an-eel will discharge volts of electricity and shock the intruder, sometimes to death. Though tiny, these vicious snails can inject venom through their radular teeth capable of paralyzing and killing a human.
But you might want to also consider the lesser-known marine creatures that can deliver nasty bites and stings. While not as notorious as our headline-grabbing biters and toxic avengers, many other aquatic species come equipped with weapons that can cause severe injury and, occasionally, death. Of the 80 species of cone shell in Australian waters, a handful are potentially lethal to humans. These predatory sea snails have a harpoon-like tooth that injects a fast-acting venom. Serious envenomation causes intense pain and swelling at the sting site, numbness, tingling, nausea and vomiting. Seek medical attention immediately.
The world's oceans are teeming with life, some of which could potentially kill you. The world's oceans are packed with many creatures that could potentially take the title as the "deadliest". But, like many things in life, there is nuance. For example, any of the ocean's unknown or great apex predators from sharks to killer whales could be considered for the title. But for human beings, there are some less obvious candidates. Our criteria are quite broad and include voracious predators and highly toxic prey - we have not focused on their ability to kill humans, for example.
There is more danger lurking around the ocean than you may be aware of. - While many divers fear shark species like the great white , the tiger shark , and the bull shark , the chances of a shark attack are still very rare. Divers need to know that some of the smallest, and even attractive, creatures in the oceans and seas can harm them.