Dangerous animals are neither the shark nor the human being. Sometimes distinguishing between animal beauty and danger is not an easy task. The most dangerous animals in the world are usually the wild animals. In fact, many of the prettiest creatures in the animal kingdom are also its most prolific killers.

Most of the deaths caused by dangerous animals have less to do with the animals themselves than with the diseases they transmit unintentionally.

Despite its appearance, the hippopotamus is a very dangerous animal

Despite its appearance, the hippopotamus is a very dangerous animal

Any large animal is capable of killing a human, and almost any small animal, the size of a mouse, is capable of inflicting a nasty injury. Even seemingly unlikely animals can be dangerous: a cute rabbit has claws and teeth, a large goose can be extremely unsightly, and in 2014 a fisherman in Belarus was killed by a beaver bite when he tried to grab the animal to get a good photo.

Proverbially dangerous beasts include a cornered animal, males of some species in mating season, and a mother with offspring to protect. Even gentle pets can be dangerous in some circumstances: a horse can kick if startled, a dog can snap if interrupted while feeding, and so on. Some species like hyenas and wolverines have a reputation for being grumpy enough to attack more or less everything in their power.

Large predators, such as crocodiles, sharks, and big cats, are obviously dangerous. However, very few animal species regard humans as prey. Large herbivores kill more people than predators. In North America, moose attack more people than bears and wolves combined. Around the world, hippos injure more people than any other animal, with moose ranking second. In the water, jellyfish cause more injuries than sharks.

Most large animals can be pests too - stealing food, spreading infections, or damaging property.

Types of animal attacks

We have all kinds, from the lioness that hunts to feed its herd, to small rodents capable of transmitting diseases that are very harmful to humans. Animals that protect their territory, such as the rhinoceros or the gorilla. Those that are capable of poisoning you, such as some types of snakes or spiders.

There are also animals that attack fatally by accident such as cows or horses, which are recorded 20 deaths annually by these animals.

Animals that kill for the mere fact of being allergens, as can happen as with bees.

And the most common, the animals that hunt by instinct, such as the crocodile.

We will understand (We will survive)

Wild animals are much more dangerous than domestic ones. Getting too close to a cow is not very likely to get gored or trampled, and most large dogs probably won't save you. Attempting the same behavior with a wild buffalo or wolf, however, is almost certain to have serious repercussions. Animals that travel in groups are also much more dangerous; you could survive an encounter with an angry buffalo or wolf, but against an entire herd or herd your chances would be very slim.

Few species will harm you if you keep your distance, but the appropriate distance varies with both species and circumstances. Unless you are an expert on the species in question, follow the general rule of thumb that if you are close enough that the animal's behavior changes at all (even turning to look at it), then immediately back off.

Almost all dangerous animals are much faster than most humans. Don't count on running away if he attacks, but stay far enough away that he doesn't attack. This includes seemingly clumsy animals like bears, crocodiles, and musk oxen, and small ones like snakes. They may not run far, but they can go much further than you expected. For some predators, turning your back and running activates your hunting instinct, so controlling your nerves can be important.

If you want to photograph wildlife, get a nice long telephoto lens so you can keep your distance and avoid disturbing the animals. This is much safer and is also very likely to give better images.

Factors riesgo

  • High-risk places, where wild animals are often seen:
    • Streams and other bodies of water, especially in dry regions and seasons, since water is scarce.
    • Farmland and landfills, where wild animals can search for food.
    • When you see an animal, others are probably nearby.
  • Times and situations in which animals can be aggressive:
    • When they fecornered.
    • Season of mating.
    • When they are protecting their young.
    • When they protect their dead prey.
    • Sunrises and sunsets, when the animals are in motion; it also has a blinding effect.

What are the most dangerous animals in the world?

Alligators and crocodiles

Crocodiles are dangerous animals and do not hesitate to eat humans swimming or wading streams where they live, so make sure you know if alligators are present before swimming in areas where they might be lurking.

While crocodiles are less aggressive towards humans in general than crocodiles, there have been many cases of predation or injury to humans by crocodiles.

Bears

Speaking of dangerous animals, bears are a risk that humans, their pets or livestock face when interacting with them. The danger is prevalent in most areas populated by bears. He european brown bear generally avoids humans, but can attack if cornered.

Polar bears are not averse to stalking and attacking people; They survive primarily from hunting, and humans are roughly the same size and shape as seals, which are among their usual prey. If you visit areas within the polar bear's habitat you must take special precautions to avoid becoming prey. Check with local authorities before leaving the settlements, it is often necessary to carry firearms in these areas. Warning: The polar bear is very fast; you can't run from a polar bear.

Other types of bears, such as black bears and brown bears, are versatile hunters rather than pure hunters; they are less likely to want to eat you and much more likely to want to eat your food. But despite everything, they are large and extremely strong animals that can easily kill an adult human.

Before backpackers are allowed to enter an area with bears, they may be asked to watch an instructional video on how to avoid meeting or agitating bears. The best strategies for dealing with bear danger differ from place to place.

In any area, it is recommended to make noise to avoid scaring a bear and above all avoiding coming between a mother and her cubs will increase your safety. Many hikers wear special bear bells on the ankles to warn bears of human presence. It is always safer to walk in noisy groups than alone. In some areas, food must be handled in such a way that bears cannot reach them, or at least so that they will not come to you for your food.

Coping with Bear Encounters

If you see a bear, back off slowly or keep your distance and make noise to avoid scaring the bear. The best noise in this situation may be speaking in a calm voice (telling the bear that you are human and that you have no aggressive intentions). If a bear becomes confrontational, whether it's backing up slowly or holding its own, raise your arms above your head to make yourself appear bigger and yell at the bear (advice differs by area and expert). Never turn your back on the bear or run away; Running away can activate the bear's hunting instincts and lead it to perceive you as prey. Climbing a tree is not the best idea either, as black bears are good climbers and grizzlies are also known to occasionally climb trees.

If a bear attacks, you should steel yourself, as most threats from bears are bluffing. Stand on the floor or curl up in a fetal position to protect vital organs and not appear threatening. If the bear attacks, you can still snuggle into the fetal position. If this is not enough, you can expect the bear to lose interest without doing too much damage or fighting the bear in any way you can.

There is also a bear spray, a special form of pepper spray, available in some areas for extra protection. However, keep in mind that it is designed to do a great short burst that only lasts a few seconds, so proximity to the bear is key. Most bear sprayers come with a lock, so make sure you understand how it works.

This advice applies to omnivores such as brown and black bears; The best way to avoid being attacked by the fully carnivorous polar bear is to not enter any area where polar bears live, stay inside a vehicle or building, or at least have a guide trained to deal with polar bears.

Birds

Larger birds, like ostriches and emus, can knock down a human. The cassowary, found in Australia and New Guinea, is known for its fatal injuries to people and other animals, but it is usually shy and avoids humans.

Some birds protect their nests or young quite aggressively. Some owls, especially the Ural owl, are especially unpleasant, as they often attack without any previous false attack, and in complete silence.

Urban seagulls in the UK

Seagulls were once primarily seabirds that nested on cliffs and other wild places. However, sometime in the 1940s, some types of gulls began to increasingly move to human settlements and to nest there. It is not entirely known why this change occurred, but since some gulls are opportunistic and adaptable, they may have found easy food in newly built landfills and on the streets. Watching a squad of seagulls quickly suck up a discarded kebab is something of a spectacle.

Two of the species that moved alongside people, the herring gull and the black-backed gull, are vigilant in defending their nests and their young. Even if they have seen and lived alongside humans every day of their life, once their chicks hatch, anything and everything can be seen as a potential threat. These gulls are large and have sharp beaks and claws, and injuries occur frequently.

There is no way to prevent seagulls from attacking, and damaging seagulls or their nests and young is illegal (however licenses can be issued by city councils in some cases). Seagulls can be discouraged from areas by removing available food sources, such as easily torn garbage bags, and preventing people from directly feeding the birds. Nesting can be discouraged by the placement of special nails. All discouraging methods should start early in the year before the birds begin to breed.

Downhill season in Australia

The australian magpies (Cracticus player) are a common bird found throughout Australia. In September and October, their mating season, although in principle they are not dangerous animals, they become extremely vigilant in the defense of their nests and young and they bombard and peck at everything they perceive as a threat, generally humans. Due to the large numbers of these birds, simply walking down a street can result in multiple attacks. As such, this time of year has come to be known colloquially among Australians as'Relegation season«.

There is no way to stop magpies, but various techniques have been developed to prevent injury. Zippers attached to a bicycle helmet have proven effective, as have other hard plastic head coverings.

Dogs

It is not only that dogs can be dangerous animals, in some countries where veterinary services are inadequate, dogs can have rabies, a bite from them and you will be in serious trouble.

Even friendly, non-rabid dogs are dangerous. An otherwise gentle dog can become aggressive if someone approaches while feeding, and a large dog can cause injury with overly enthusiastic friendly gestures, such as jumping on someone.

Elephants

One thing about elephants that makes them dangerous animals is the fact that they are huge. You could be accidentally crushed, and a well-placed kick or thrust from its fangs can easily kill you. On the other hand, being herbivores, they are not usually aggressive in themselves. As with almost all animals, a mother who perceives a threat to her child becomes unpredictable and does not even take care of her own safety until the (perceived) threat wears off.

Cats

Large cats such as tigers, lions, leopards, jaguars, panthers, and pumas are known to kill people and are considered some of the most common dangerous animals.

Smaller cats, such as the bobcat or lynx, have a very low probability of viewing adult humans as prey, but are quite capable of causing serious injury in the highly unlikely event that you manage to cater one of them.

Care

Don't walk alone. Make noise to avoid surprising a lion and keep children close at all times. If you come across a lion, don't run. Speak calmly, look away, stand tall, and step back. Unlike bears, if the attack seems imminent, act aggressively. Don't bend over and don't turn around. Lions can be frightened by being hit with rocks or sticks, or by being kicked or hit. Lions are primarily nocturnal, but have attacked in broad daylight. They rarely prey on humans, but such behavior does occur occasionally. Children and young adults are particularly vulnerable.

Hippos

Hippos are extremely dangerous; even large crocodiles generally avoid them. The hippopotamus is semi-aquatic, inhabiting rivers, lakes and mangroves, where they preside over a stretch of river and groups of 5 to 30 females and young. During the day, they stay cool by staying in the water or mud and then emerge at dusk to graze on the grass. While hippos rest close to each other in the water, grazing is a solitary activity and hippos are not territorial on land. They are the third largest type of land mammal by weight (between 1½ and 3 tons): the only heaviest species on average are white and Indian rhinos, typically 1½ to 3½ tons, and elephants, typically weighing 3 to 9 tons . The hippopotamus is one of the largest quadrupeds, and despite its sturdy shape and short legs, it can easily outperform a human. Hippos have been timed at 30 km / h over short distances. The hippo is one of the most aggressive creatures in the world and is considered one of the most dangerous animals in Africa.

Horses and ponies

The most common danger is falling from them, but there are other risks.

A bite from a horse or pony is serious and a kick can be fatal, but the risk of this happening is small with a well-trained horse or pony, unless you startle or provoke it. Ask the owner before approaching. Talk calmly to the animal, approach from the side and show the horse or pony what you are going to do; avoid making sudden movements. Avoid, especially, approaching from behind a horse or pony, as this is the direction in which they can kick the most easily and is out of their field of vision, so the movement can scare them.

Having a horse accidentally step on your foot can also cause serious injury. Larger breeds can do more damage, but even a pony is heavy enough to hurt you.

Wild horses and ponies

Wild horses and ponies vary in the way they perceive people. Some herds that are managed by or closely associated with people may be more tolerant, but all wild animals should be viewed as unpredictable no matter what. Avoid getting too close and definitely avoid feeding them, in some places this is illegal. You should also never approach a stallion with mares or mares with foals, as they will be more defensive and therefore more likely to attack.

If you find yourself near a wild horse, they will usually give you warnings through body language before they attack you. If a horse's ears recede, then the animal is unhappy and you must retreat. If the ears are pinned back and there is also teeth grinding and head shaking, then you really have caused annoyance and you should get out of there soon! Angry horses can also turn so that they are facing away, which could mean they are preparing to deliver a powerful kick, so stay away!

Jellyfish

In northern Australia, specifically on the coast, it is strongly recommended not to swim off the beach due to the difficult to see and very dangerous forms of jellyfish.

The general advice is not to touch any jellyfish, even those that are dead on the shore, as they can still sting.

Insects

In some countries, biting insects are capable of inflicting serious diseases and, in some cases, life-threatening conditions. It is worth investigating whether the countries you are visiting have warnings about dangerous insects. In some countries, ant stings can create serious reactions. The malaria mosquito kills more people than any other animal. In tropical countries, the risk of insect-borne diseases must be taken seriously.

kangaroos

If you enter an area where kangaroos live, give them as much space as possible. If you see one, get away from it and see how it behaves. If it moves towards you or shows signs of being aggressive, stay away (even if it is only looking for food or human contact, a kangaroo can become aggressive). Do not act aggressively in front of the kangaroo, as this will simply reinforce the idea that you are a threat.

If you are approached by an aggressive kangaroo, you should keep him at a safe distance so he cannot kick or scratch. For example, hold onto a stick or branch, or stay behind a fence or tree. Get away from the animal as fast as you can, although turning your back and running could be dangerous, as a large male can easily run away from you and still kick you at the same time, instead turn around and protect the front of your body with your arms and keep your head as far away from the kangaroo as possible to minimize the risk of scratches on the face.

If it is a large male who has been displaying dominant behavior, he may see you as a threat. Protect yourself and show the kangaroo that you are not a threat by giving a short, deep cough, avoiding eye contact, and crouching down as you walk away.

Smaller female and male kangaroos are less likely to be aggressive, but can get close if they are used to being fed or have had a lot of human contact. Although females are much smaller than males, they can pose a safety risk, especially for young children.

Avoid the tails of kangaroos as well, while other animals have loose tails that cannot hurt, kangaroos can swing their tails so powerfully that they can easily break a limb.

As a last resort, if you can't escape an attacking kangaroo, roll on the ground with your arm covering your neck and call for help. Try to roll or crawl to safety.

Tiburones

Of the hundreds of known species of sharks, only a handful are considered to pose a significant risk to human safety and attacks on humans are rare. The rarity of shark attacks, however, does not detract from the seriousness of a fatal attack when it occurs, making them dangerous animals. Nor does the seemingly random nature of shark attacks help allay fears of being bitten. Sharks often attack because they think you are a seal, a turtle, a fish, or some other type of prey. Sometimes they bite if they are curious, but sharks don't intentionally bite, attack, or kill humans.

Here are some common sense tips to reduce your risk of encountering sharks:

  • Swim close to shore.
  • Swimming, diving or surfing with other people.
  • Avoid areas where there are large schools of fish, dolphins, seals or sea lions and near birdhouses.
  • Avoid areas where animal, human or fish waste enters the water.
  • Avoid deep channels or areas with deep drops nearby.
  • Do not stay in the water with bleeding wounds.
  • Look carefully before jumping into the water from a boat or jetty.
  • Don't carry dead or bleeding fish near you and remove all harpoon fish from the water as soon as possible.
  • If schools of fish or other wildlife begin to behave erratically or congregate in large numbers, leave the water.
  • If you see a shark, leave the water as quickly and calmly as possible, avoiding splashing or excessive noise.

Snakes

Few snakes are likely to consider adult humans prey, and many snakes prefer to avoid people. However, some poisonous species can be deadly.

The general advice is never to try to lift, injure or kill a snake. If you see a snake, just go ahead or call a professional snake catcher to move the animal. Many people are bitten when trying to handle snakes.

Treatment for snake bites

It is generally impossible to tell if a snake bite is poisonous by the shape of the bite or the snake, unless the specific species can be recognized. Treat any snakebite as fatally dangerous unless you are sure it is not.

Generally, treatments presented outside the medical field do not work. Instead, you should get proper medical help and try to avoid deterioration until medical help arrives. To do this, the snakebite victim needs to rest immediately, completely and comfortably so that the venom's circulation is slowed. The victim needs to be calm, also for this reason. The part of the body damaged by the snake needs to be lower than the rest of the body. If possible, place it with strong branches or the like, so that it moves as little as possible. There are also poison suction pumps that are considered more effective than sucking with the mouth, but studies show that their effects are apparently negligible as well. If you have one, use it if you have time, But don't let it delay the evacuation of the victim.

Taking a photo of the snake could be very helpful for doctors. There is no need to catch or kill the snake; it's not like they can or need to produce anti-poison on the spot. They just have to be able to recognize the species to know what anti-venom and other treatments to apply.

Fish

Stone fish

stone fish (gender Synanceia) is a poisonous fish; its sting causes excruciating pain and can be fatal. Its name is due to its mottled color and its tendency to lie on the bottom, looking a lot like a stone; they are quite difficult to see and avoid. In some areas it is common to wear shoes while swimming to protect against stings.

There is an antivenin available and anyone who is bitten should try to get it as quickly as possible. First aid treatments include hot water, which breaks down the poison, and vinegar, which reduces pain.

Stonefish are found in warm waters across the Indian Ocean and in the Pacific, at least from the Red Sea to the Philippines. They are a serious danger in some parts of Queensland.

Lion fish

The gender Pterois, more commonly known as lionfish, is a poisonous fish characterized by striking warning coloration with red, white, creamy or black bands and poisonous spiny fin stripes. Stings are extremely painful and can lead to nausea, seizures, temporary paralysis, heart failure and, in extreme cases, death. Young children and people with weak immune systems are particularly susceptible.

Treatment is available and should be sought as soon as possible.

Although they are native to the Indo-Pacific, they have spread throughout the world and are common in the Caribbean. In Florida and the Bahamas they are treated as invasive species, and any sightings must be reported to those in charge of wildlife management.

Wolves

Wolves rarely hunt humans, but they can go after livestock, food supplies, or garbage. Animals gradually lose their natural evasion towards people when they are protected from harm caused by people, or when humans act passively towards them. This is called habituation. Habitual wolves are comfortable around people and can venture very close to people. It is very important to understand that these habituated wolves are actually the most likely to suddenly act aggressive.

Wolves also quickly learn that food is often found in human garbage. When wolves look for human food they have turned into conditioned food. If a wolf is fed by people, it begins to wait for alms. If that wolf approaches a person but does not receive food, it can suddenly become aggressive. This type of aggression is likely responsible for many of the bites that wolves have inflicted on people in recent years.

Wolves generally have not learned to hunt people for food, and therefore any pack and especially any individual wolf will hesitate to attack a person who shows no weakness. If a wolf approaches, do not run or try to be friendly, but back off without turning your back. If the wolf is following you, striking a stick in its direction or similar aggressive behavior can help maintain your psychological edge, but is usually unnecessary. In most countries with wolves, aggressive behavior against people is very rare.

Rabid wolves, on the other hand, often attack unprovoked. They do not attack to kill, but the bite requires urgent treatment, as rabies is lethal.

Wolves regard dogs as rivals, and have no mercy on them. Many hunting dogs have been killed by wolves and some large dogs attack and kill wolves. Various types of bloodhounds or guard dogs are bred for this, and some dogs even make suicide attacks on a pack.

Dangerous animals in Australia

To the outside world, Australia has long been known to be home to some of the deadliest dangerous animals on Earth. Although this may be true, the country is not considered to be the deadliest. With a minimal number of deaths over the past century and an increase in the availability of antivenom to those attacked, Australia is safer than it is believed. To help you identify the deadliest dangerous animals in Australia to prevent attacks, we have listed some animals.

Blue ringed octopus

The blue ringed octopuses They are generally found in coral reefs and tide pools in both the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, from Australia to Japan. Every year several humans are bitten, and although the bites are generally painless, within five to ten minutes the victim may begin to experience paresthesia, numbness, muscle weakness, and difficulty breathing and swallowing. There is currently no antidote, the victim simply has to wait. The blue-ringed octopus is often missed due to its size - fully grown it reaches the size of a golf ball, however, keep an eye out for its bright blue rings. Despite the lack of an antidote, only three deaths from this octopus have been recorded in history: two in Australia and one in Singapore.

Cubozoans or Cubomedusas

Although Dory made bouncing off jellyfish look like a lot of fun (Finding Nemo), jellyfish can be pretty powerful killers, and the Australian is no exception. Its powerful venom is found in its 15 tentacles, which can reach three meters in length and contain around 5.000 stinging cells each. The venom is not fired by touch, but by the chemical found in the outer layer of its prey. Although there are about 50 different species of common jellyfish found in warm coastal waters, very few contain venom that is lethal to humans. In the past 100 years, the box jellyfish has been responsible for more than 60 deaths, in which the victim is known to have gone into shock and drowned or died of heart failure. However, the severity of the sting depends on many factors, such as the size of the jellyfish and the victim, and how many tentacles are involved.

Casuario

Is heaviest bird in Australia, between 1,5 and 2 meters high and although they are frugivorous (their diet is based on fruits) and do not attack for any reason, they are very territorial birds. Most attacks on humans, which result in people being kicked, pushed, pecked, carried, jumped and hit on the head, are due to the human wanting to feed the bird. If you need more than one reason not to feed them, their central claw is 12cm long and acts like a dagger that could result in serious damage. Descendant of dinosaurs, this bird has been classified as the "most dangerous bird on Earth", however, the last recorded death was in 1926. Just remember that they are timid and flightless birds that prefer to avoid confrontation.

Atrax robustus

Australia is home to many deadly-looking spiders, and many of them. Although spiders can be found anywhere in the world, the atracidae they have acquired a fearsome (mostly exaggerated) reputation. At least 40 species have been identified, ranging from 5 to 13 cm in length; however, it is not known if all of these species are dangerous. An icon of fear and fascination in Sydney, it contains one of the most toxic poisons to humans. A bite from this venomous migalomorphic spider should be treated similarly to a snake bite. Although this spider is responsible for 1981 deaths reported in New South Wales, since the introduction of the antivenom in XNUMX there have been no deaths.

Crocodylus porosus

El marine crocodile, as it is commonly known, it is one of the most dangerous animals in Australia, the saltwater crocodile is an aggressive and territorial animal, and it is the largest reptile in the world in terms of its mass, it is known to reach more than 1000 kg Although males can reach up to 7 meters in length, actually any length greater than 5 meters is quite rare. This protected species is known to eat primarily small reptiles, turtles, fish, and wading birds, but has also been seen carrying wild pigs and livestock (including cattle and horses). As the Crocodile Hunter saw it, Steve IrwinYou must be aware of their movements if you come into contact with them, however, they do not attack just because. Unlike other creatures found in that country, this crocodile is known to result in an average of less than one human death per year.

Tiburones

Australia is commonly thought of as having shark-infested waters, causing many people to avoid the water. While the three species of sharks most likely to attack humans are the Great White, the Tiger Shark, and the Bull Shark; There is no certainty behind his attacks as they are random events. Over the last 100 years (reported in 2014) there were a total of 298 provoked shark attacks, 204 were injured, 56 were unharmed, and only 38 of these attacks were fatal. Often times those targeted are surfers, followed by swimmers and divers, usually in unassigned areas. When you are on the beach, remember to swim between the flags, they are not only there as decoration, but they are there to help you save your life.

Snakes

Now, we could list every snake that is classified as one of Australia's most common dangerous animals, but there are too many. In Australia, there have been about 140 species of land snakes and about 32 species of sea snakes identified, of which about 100 are poisonous; although only 12 of these species could result in a wound that would actually kill you.

Eastern and western brown snakes have been responsible for the majority of reported deaths where their venom is known to cause paralysis and blood clotting disorders; however, there is an antivenom available in medical centers that can reverse this situation. Whereas before the introduction of specialized antivenom in 1956, the coastal taipan was one of the most feared to cause death in just 30 minutes. However, on average there are only two deaths per year from snakes, and most are due to an attempt to kill the snake or to show off to friends.

Stingray

Since 2006, stingrays have gotten a bad rap due to the death of Steve Irwin, however what many people don't realize is that although they are cousins ​​to sharks, they are rarely a threat to humans. Irwin was not killed by the sting, but instead was pierced through the heart, as a result of bleeding to death. Although this image is not very pretty, the stingray's bite, located on the tip of its tail and its only form of defense, rarely endangers the lives of humans.

Throughout freshwater and oceans, there are around 200 species of stingrays ranging from the smooth stingray (known to be over 4 m in length) to the blue spotted stingray (just 70 cm of length). This deadly outlook on stingrays is viewed as a myth, as they are not naturally aggressive, but rather are curious and playful creatures. In the entire stingray kill record, apart from Steve Irwin, there is only one other reported manta ray fatality.

Stone fish

Although there have been no deaths in Australia since the arrival of Europeans, the stone fish (Synanceia verrucosa) is the most poisonous fish in the world that lies hidden in Australian waters. With their excellent cloaking capabilities, they are quite difficult to notice until stepped on. Its venom is released by its 13 spines when pressure is applied to its spine, and it can cause severe pain, heart failure and, if left untreated, death. Known for being naturally slow swimmers, their attacks can be as fast as 0.015 seconds. Although many people suffer from their sting - due to being stepped on accidentally - an antivenom was invented in the late 1950s to prevent catastrophe from happening.

Conus Textile

Everyone loves to collect shells, but this is a shell that you may want to leave behind. With a very shiny shell with a desirable pattern of light brown to dark brown or yellowish spots, this snail is nevertheless one of the most poisonous species living in Australia, but can be found in the Indian Ocean from Hawaii to Africa. This snail, also known as the "cloth of gold" uses conotoxin to kill its prey, where its harpoon tooth injects venom into its prey through its microscopic needles that are powerful enough to penetrate not only skin human, but also in gloves and diving suits. Although there have only been a handful of deaths reported worldwide by the Textile Cone, they contain enough venom to kill 60 adults.