Mar 21

Box Jellyfish Also Known As Box Fish

box-jellyfish-also-known-as-box-fishThe box jellyfish is also known as box fish and sea wasp. It has one of the fastest working toxins and kills more people each year than any other marine animal.

The box jellyfish (sea wasp) is primarily a problem in Australia. Australia is subjected to a box jellyfish season that usually lasts from October to April, and box jellyfish are also known to regularly swarm along Hawaii’s leeward shores 9-10 days after a full moon. Continue Reading »

Mar 21

The Extremely Poisonous Blue-Ringed Octopus

Physalia physalisFirst you will feel nauseous. Your vision becomes hazy. Within seconds you are blind. You lose your sense of touch. You cannot speak or swallow. Three minutes later you are paralyzed and unable to breath.

You knew that the blue-ringed octopus is extremely poisonous but how were you to know that this was one when its tiny parrot-like beak bit through your wetsuit. The last thing the victim sees are the blue rings – visible only when it is about to attack. Continue Reading »

Mar 21

Bluebottle Inhabiting Australian Waters

bluebottle-inhabiting-australian-watersBluebottles have a float or bottle-shaped blue sac, which sits on the water’s surface. They have many string-like tentacles hanging down from the float.

Bluebottles live in the oceans around Australia. They eat fish, small crabs and plankton. Continue Reading »

Mar 21

The Extravagant and Poisonous Coral Snake

the-extravagant-and-poisonous-coral-snake1The coral snake is likely the most gaudy of North American venomous snakes. This snake has a multitude of natural mimics which try to pose as the dangerous coral

The beauty of this snake represents a true danger as small children may readily pick it up to show parents, thus providing ample opportunity for a bite from this otherwise rather docile reptile. Continue Reading »

Mar 21

Stone Fish – Features Venomous Spines on Its Back

stone-fish-e28093-features-venomous-spines-on-its-backSpecies - Synanceja trachynis, Synaneichthyes verrucosus

Description

The Stone Fish is a mottled brown-greenish in colour (which gives them camouflage) with many venomous spines along its back. Continue Reading »

Mar 21

The Coffin Fish – Inhabiting the Bottom of the Ocean

the-coffin-fish-e28093-inhabiting-the-bottom-of-the-oceanThe Coffin fish is a bottom-dwelling fish that can be found almost anywhere in the world. These curious looking fish walk along the bottom of the sea floor using their leg-like fins to crawl around. Continue Reading »

Mar 21

Rattlesnakes – US’ Most Dangerous Snakes

rattlesnakes-e28093-us-most-dangerous-snakesThroughout the World there are many snakes whose venomous bite can be fatal to humans. In the United States, however, there are only four including; the Coral Snake, the Copperhead, the Cottonmouth Water Moccasin and the Rattlesnake. Continue Reading »

Mar 21

Gila Monsters – The Venomous Lizards

gila-monsters-e28093-the-venomous-lizardsGila Monsters are one of only two species of seriously venomous lizards!

Range

Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts of extreme southwestern Utah, southern Nevada, southeastern California, Arizona and southwestern New Mexico into Mexico. Continue Reading »

Mar 21

The Very Rare Megamouth Shark

the-very-rare-megamouth-sharkThe megamouth shark is an extremely rare and unusual species. When the first megamouth was captured in 1976, a new shark family, genus and species, Megachasma pelagios, had to be instituted. Only a few have ever been seen, with 40 specimens known to have been caught or sighted as of 2008, ranging through the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Like the basking shark and whale shark, it is a filter feeder, and swims with its enormous mouth wide open, filtering water for plankton and jellyfish. However, the megamouth is considered to be less active and a poorer swimmer than the basking or whale sharks due to its flabby body, soft fins, asymmetrical tail and lack of keels. Continue Reading »

Mar 21

Giant Sand Stargazer – the Lie-in-Wait Predators

giant-sand-stargazer-e28093-the-lie-in-wait-predatorsMiraestrella de Arena Gigante, Miracielo de Arena Gigante

The Giant Sand Stargazer body has a uniform, tan, freckled pattern without defined bars or blotches. The Giant Sand Stargazer is white below, and the underside of the head is silvery. It is characterized by a large head, bluntly rounded head profile, and oblique, short lower jaw. The body tapers to the tail. The anal and dorsal fins are long and continuous with the origin of the dorsal behind the origin of the anal fin. Continue Reading »

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