It is no coincidence that there has been a recent increase in people obsessing over sharks. Discovery Channel’s famous SHARK WEEK keeps millions of viewers on the edge of their seats and The Meg, a blockbuster film about a prehistoric shark, just had a successful theatrical release. While these bring about an 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 ferocious sea creature. 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 top 5 most dangerous sea creatures.
Great White Shark
Well, it’s pretty obvious there was going to be a shark on this list. The Great White shark can be absolutely terrifying, especially if you encounter it while in 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 during the 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 can potentially 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.
Another beautiful, but dangerous sea creature is the lionfish. The lionfish has stingers on its fin, and being stung can be extremely painful. You must be careful, as the poison in its fin can be deadly.
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 even fatal. The blue-ringed octopus is absolutely beautiful to look at, especially when it is feeling threatened and it reveals its beautiful blue rings. However, it is best to keep your distance while observing this magnificent creature.