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    10 scariest sea creatures

    Post by Admin on Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:54 pm



    10. Moray Eels

    Snakelike body, protruding snout and wide jaws. These primitive
    creatures just look like death. They're fish, by the way, and they can
    be up to 8 feet long.

    A bite from their razor-sharp teeth and powerful, locking jaws will
    produce ragged wounds that are prone to infection from the bacteria
    inside the eels' mouths, according to NOAA. The good news: If morays
    bite out of fear or by accident (especially when foraging for food),
    they will usually release their grip and let you go.

    They tend to hide in crevices and holes during the day, then hunt at
    night. They'll eat any fish or other creature they can catch.

    Some expert advice, from NOAA, on how to avoid being bitten by one:
    Keep your hands out of submerged, rocky holes and crevices. Oh, and
    avoid this common diver gaffe that leads to many moray eel bites: Don't
    feed them!

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    9. Sea Lions

    Really? Sea lions? Yes, because they're very territorial.

    They're considered cute, trainable and are major attractions at zoos, but have been known to bite people.

    In California, a spate of vicious sea lion attacks reported at
    Manhattan beach, Newport beach and San Francisco back in 2006 led to
    growing concern among caretakers and scientists. Some researchers
    suspect the sea lions may have eaten fish contaminated by toxic algae,
    which may explain the uncharacteristic behavior.

    The city of San Diego warns on its web site "Like all wild animals,
    seals and sea lions are unpredictable and can become aggressive
    quickly. They have sharp teeth and may bite, particularly if cornered
    or harassed."
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    8. Stingrays

    Just the name practically qualifies these creatures for this list. And
    the death of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin by stringray in 2006
    certainly solidified the reputation of these shark cousins as dangerous
    beasts.

    The tail of of a stingray is capped with a roughly 8-inch spear made of
    the same stuff that makes up shark scales, known as dermal denticles.
    The spear, which stiffens when the stingray feels threatened, is
    serrated like a steak knife and packs a venom that can be deadly to
    predators.

    "The venom itself is a largely protein-based toxin that causes great
    pain in mammals and may also alter heart rate and respiration,"
    according to the Mote Marine Laboratory.

    Stingrays don't typically attack humans, however.
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    7. Crocodiles

    Saltwater crocs have earned a reputation as one of the wild kingdom's most ferocious predators.

    They can grow more than 20 feet long and weigh 3,000 pounds, and they
    have been known to hunt a wide range of prey, including monkeys,
    kangaroos, buffalo and even sharks.

    Relying on purely brute strength, they are capable of dragging down
    water buffaloes and have occasionally victimized humans. Using an
    attack method known as the "death roll," crocodiles kill their prey by
    latching on with their jaws and then taking down the dinner with a
    powerful, twisting roll. The technique is also employed to break apart
    large animals.
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    6. Lionfish

    Popular in home aquariums, these docile fish sport a striking fan of venomous spines.

    Although not fatal to humans, the spines deliver a painful sting that
    can cause headaches, vomiting, and respiratory distress, according to
    NOAA. The worst of the pain typically lasts only for about an hour, but
    some people report pain and tingling sensations for weeks.

    Lionfish are not aggressive. So the fact is home aquarium owners are
    more likely to be stung by lionfish than divers or fishermen.
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    5. Sea Snake

    The innate human fear of snakes propels these slithering swimmers to
    the list. However, the truth is that while sea snakes out-venom their
    terrestrial counterparts, they're highly reclusive and so not much of a
    threat.

    Still, sea snakes are related to cobras, so when it comes to venom,
    they know what they're doing. Their bite paralyzes and kills prey in
    seconds. They rarely attack humans though, preferring to hunt eels,
    shellfish and shrimp.
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    4. Pufferfish

    You don't even have to be near water for this creature to kill you. The
    pufferfish, also known as a blowfish, packs tetrodotoxin -- stronger
    than cyanide. Specially trained Japanese chefs prepare safe parts of
    the fish as a delicacy, but every now and then a diner dies.

    The puffer, named for its ability to suck in water and swell to twice
    normal size, could end up saving people: a drug made from the puffer's
    toxin has been tested for treatment of withdrawal symptoms from drugs
    like heroin.
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    3. Stonefish

    This one nearly tops the list for two reasons: It's the most venomous
    fish in the world, and it's a master of disguise, hiding in plain sight
    on the seafloor, looking like any other rock.

    The stonefish doesn't attack, but you don't want to step on it. Its
    spines are used as defense against sharks and other predators. The
    venom can cause temporary paralysis and death if not treated.
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    2. Tiger Shark

    Yeah, yeah, the great white shark gets all the attention. But reality
    is tiger sharks kill more people. And few things (other than snakes)
    automatically terrify people more than sharks.

    Tiger sharks will eat anything: fish, seals, birds, squid, small
    sharks, dolphins, license plates and pieces of old tires, according to
    NOAA. They can be up to 18 feet long and weigh a ton. Take that, Jaws!

    Tiger sharks are found in many tropical and temperate waters, and they
    are especially common around islands in the central Pacific. For the
    record: Great whites do attack more people each year, on average.

    Oh, and a little detail that explains why sharks aren't No. 1 on this
    list: The number of people attacked by sharks worldwide each year -- a
    few dozen -- is roughly equal to the number killedby lightning just in
    the United States. Only four people around the world died from shark
    attacks last year.
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    1. Box Jellyfish

    These gelatinous creatures are flat-out deadly.

    While no official tallies exist, anecdotal evidence suggest dozens of
    people and perhaps more than 100 or more die each year from the many
    species of box jellyfish that exist in all oceans.

    Some 20 to 40 people die from stings by box jellyfish annually in the
    Philippines alone, according to the U.S. National Science Foundation.
    "But because death certificates are not required in many countries
    within the range of box jellyfish, worldwide fatalities from box
    jellyfish may be seriously underestimated," the NSF states.

    One Australian box jellyfish can have dozens of tentacles, each up to
    15 feet long, with enough toxin to kill 60 people. The sting of a
    Chironex fleckeri box jellyfish can kill a person in less than three
    minutes. Species of box jelly fish in Hawaii, Florida and other U.S.
    locations are known to induce heart failure.

    Honorable mention goes to the Portuguese man-of-war, a jellyfish with a
    sting said to be as painful as a lightning strike -- though it's not
    clear how many people are actually able to make that comparison.


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    Re: 10 scariest sea creatures

    Post by dark-Mc on Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:59 pm

    crocodiles are not sea creatures, and soem of them are quite weird instead of being scary.
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    Re: 10 scariest sea creatures

    Post by Quiver on Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:49 am

    Putterfish was scary.

    Crocodiles are generally found in creeks leading to seas. M aybe could be considered saltwater.
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    Re: 10 scariest sea creatures

    Post by Harrogate town on Mon Feb 01, 2010 4:54 am

    I am now scared!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
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    Re: 10 scariest sea creatures

    Post by Hagibest on Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:16 am

    I wasn't the least scared by any of them except for the sea snake a bit and, of course, the Tiger shark. The scariest was that Box Jellyfish!! OMG it scares the cr*p out of me!
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    Re: 10 scariest sea creatures

    Post by Admin on Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:49 pm

    No more swimming for you guys Smile hehheee


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    Re: 10 scariest sea creatures

    Post by Hagibest on Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:25 am

    Haha I know !!

    Don't post anymore or I won't even be able to drink water!!
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    Re: 10 scariest sea creatures

    Post by Admin on Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:13 am

    Hagibest wrote:Haha I know !!

    Don't post anymore or I won't even be able to drink water!!
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