It is no coincidence that there has been a recent increase in people obsessing over sharks. Discovery Channel’s famous SHARK WEEK just ended last month, and The Meg, a blockbuster film about a prehistoric shark, just had its theatrical release. While these bring about increased interest in sharks, they also bring about fear. Many people stay away from water sports like scuba diving because they are scared of getting attacked by a shark. Of course sharks are dangerous, but attacks on humans are very rare. In fact, there are many other sea creatures that you should be afraid of. Here, we will show you the the top 5 most dangerous sea creatures.
Great White Shark
Of course there was going to be a shark on this list. The Great White shark can be absolutely terrifying, especially if you encounter it while out on the water.
Great White sharks account for just about two thirds of all reported shark attacks per year. That being said, the majority of them are not deadly. Great Whites are just as afraid of us as we are of them.
Another dangerous species of shark is the Tiger Shark. Similar to the Great White, the Tiger Shark is huge and does attack humans. Most of the Tiger Shark attacks happen at night.
If you do have a Tiger Shark come across your path while in the ocean, you do not need to panic, but be safe and keep your eyes peeled.
The most poisonous sea creature is the Stone Fish. Stone Fish will not attack, and they are not aggressive. Their specialty is camouflaging themselves with their surroundings.
Humans will get stung after coming in contact with one that is blended in with the surrounding rocks. To avoid this, your best bet would be to not touch anything at all when diving in the coral reef.
Adding to the list of extremely dangerous sea creatures is the poisonous Blue-ringed Octopus. The bites from the blue-ringed octopus are so small, but the poison that it emits is very dangerous, and can even be fatal.
The blue-ringed octopus is absolutely beautiful to look at, especially when it is feeling threatened and it reveals beautiful blue rings. However, it is best to keep your distance while observing this creature.
Another beautiful, but dangerous sea creature is the lionfish. The lionfish has stingers on its fins, and being stung can be extremely painful.
The lionfish is a gorgeous specimen. However, the stingers along its fins can deliver an incredibly painful sting, as well as a potentially deadly dose of poison, especially if you happen to be allergic to the poison.