Top 10 Most DANGEROUS Ocean Predators
Date: 2019-10-24 14:45:00
The world’s most lethal aquatic hunters! From a sea creature that dragged a scientist deep underwater to an 80-mile-per-hour fish with a razor sharp nose.
#10 Sea Lions
Sea Lions are a family of eared seals native to subarctic and tropical waters around the world. Within their different species, sea lions can reach sizes ranging from 220 pounds to 2,200 pounds, with a variation in length from six to ten feet. Known for excellent intelligence, sea lions have been able to learn behaviors in captivity. This however doesn’t mean they’re all friendly. Sea lion attacks have occurred along the California coast, and elsewhere, as the marine mammal has a tendency to show extreme aggression and territorial behavior. This shows in their breeding season, as many sea lions occasionally brutalize and maim one another in the heat of competition.
As boisterous as it is deadly, the Lionfish is well-known as one of the most dangerous fish in the sea. With a bright display of warning coloration, similar to that of a coral snake with deep reds, creamy whites, and black bands, this fish sticks out among the ocean landscape. It’s venomous spiked fins give it an almost bony appearance as the number of spines coalesce to form a mane-like layer surrounding the fish. Though not nearly large enough to prey on humans, the Lionfish is known for being an extreme hazard to fisherman and divers alike thanks to its pain, nausea, and paralysis-inducing venom.
Though varied across 20 different species, one feature remains constant: the barracuda attacks with slender speed like a knife through the sea. Though swift and narrow, barracudas range in size from a few dozen centimeters to 6 feet in length. These ferocious predators are diligent in their attacks, lining up the perfect angle before bursting forth with a velocity of up to 27 miles per hour to strike their prey. A natural scavenger, the barracuda has been known to mistake humans for predators and may stalk them in hopes of feasting once another element can chop them down a peg or two. They have also been known to be attracted to items that glint and shine, mistaking them for the scales of prey.
Truly vicious carnivores, barracudas are best left avoided. Touching, hand-feeding, or even spearfishing near barracudas is highly advised against, as the savage manner in which it attacks prey is not worth the risk. But for all its primal scrappiness, even the barracuda becomes prey at some point. Most often eaten as fillets or steaks, barracudas serve as a popular food and game fish around the world.