Dangerous Sea Creatures
Here are Some Species You Might not Know About
by Liceth Alarcon Cuevas, age 12
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a dangerous sea creature? For most people, sharks are the first thing that they think of.
Well, most of the real dangerous sea creatures are ones that people usually wouldn’t expect. Stonefish, lionfish, sea snakes, box jellyfish, and the blue-ringed octopus are all examples of dangerous ocean creatures. These dangerous creatures are like any other. They usually won’t attack unless provoked. But one of their stings can cause severe injuries or even be deadly.
Stonefish are the world’s most venomous fish. One sting from the poisonous spines in their fins could be fatal. Lionfish also have spines in their fins, but they’re unlikely to kill a person.
Another deadly creature is the sea snake. They’re most often found in the tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans. A bite from a sea snake is equally as deadly as one from a cobra.
The box jellyfish, one of the most venomous animals in the world, can kill you in a few minutes. A blue-ringed octopus is tiny and may seem harmless, but can also kill you in a few minutes, or leave you paralyzed.
There are other dangerous creatures that are even less noticeable. These include the cone shells and dinoflagellates. Cone shells appear crawling over coral reefs and shores in search of prey. One stab from them and it’s over. Not all species of cone shells are poisonous, but some can kill you.
A special type of dinoflagellates, which are tiny single-celled creatures, causes a red coloring in the sea. This is known as “red tides”. Dinoflagellates are a type of floating plant plankton that multiplies quickly. Some species are poisonous, and people can get severely ill after eating shellfish that fed in the areas where red tides have been.
These may be creatures you’ve never heard of. But an encounter with one of these would be unforgettable—if you even survive.
[Sources: 100 Things You Should Know About Sea Creatures; World Atlas]