The jaws of the moray eel are adorned with strong, sharp teeth, allowing them to hold their prey and deliver serious wounds.
Multiple sea creatures are lethal and cannot be consumed. Unfortunately, a few poor souls often end up losing their precious lives when they encounter them in the sea. Hence, it’s mandatory to ascertain that the creature you’re consuming is not poisonous or dangerous in any way or form. People residing in Asia generally consume fish and other sea creatures. The most popular of the lot is called ‘fugu’, which is considered a delicacy in Japan and Korea.
Moreover, there are certain types of fish that are capable of delivering a deadly bite. They can certainly kill you within minutes. Such species of fish cause organ or tissue damage, eventually resulting in a person’s death. Hence, one should stay away from such species.
Following are ten extremely lethal species of fish. Let’s have a look at them, shall we?
1) Spotfin Lionfish:
The said fish is considered quite lethal as it has a poisonous body. The Lionfish ejects its venom through its sharp dorsal fins. This fish catches its prey by its camouflage capacity and its very fast reflexes. The sting of the Lionfish is quite painful; it causes nausea and other respiratory problems.
2) Fugu or Pufferfish:
The pufferfish or fugu swells in the water when threatened. Moreover, it swims slowly and awkwardly in the water. Experts claim that this is their way of defence against predators. It also has poison in different parts of its body. The scariest thing about it is that it can kill thirty people at once. The pufferfish contains tetrodotoxin, a substance 25 times more poisonous than cyanide.
3) The Great White Shark:
This particular fish does not require any introduction as it’s considered deadly amid all the sea creatures. It is also known as the most powerful predator in the world. The great white shark generally takes a massive bite, which eventually leads to serious tissue or organ damage.
4) The Moray Eel:
The Moray Eel gets aggressive when disturbed. The jaws of the moray eel are adorned with strong, sharp teeth, allowing them to hold their prey and deliver serious wounds. As per experts, there are over 80 species of the moray eel. They live in tropical and subtropical areas where the water is shallow.
Barracuda are quite fast and own the ability to brutally injure their prey within a couple of minutes. They live in tropical seas, especially near islets or coral reefs. Moreover, they travel with the help of their tail. They can accelerate from 0 to 90 kilometres per hour. Also, this particular fish is known as the tiger of the seas, both for its size and for its aggressiveness towards humans.
Uranoscopidae lives in shallow waters and remains buried in the sand to hunt for food. It is known as one of the ugliest fish in the world. Moreover, it can deliver some serious electric shocks. They measure between 18 to 30 centimetres and have two long, poisonous spines located on the pectoral fins.
The piranha is a freshwater fish that resides in rivers in South America. They are about 15 to 25 centimetres in length. Piranhas are generally known for their sharp teeth and an insatiable appetite for meat. They are quite aggressive and often attack humans.
8) Longnose Gar:
The Longnose Gar is known as one of the oldest fish to exist. They can breathe in poorly oxygenated areas and are about three meters in length. Moreover, they weigh more than one hundred and fifty kilos. They are also known as aggressive predators that feed on fish and crustaceans.
9) Goliath Tiger Fish:
The Goliath Tiger Fish is known as the most terrifying freshwater fish. Moreover, it is the most dangerous fish found in the waters of Africa. It is of 1.8 meters in length and is over 70 kilos in weight. Also, it has a muscular and powerful body.
10) The Candiru:
The Candiru is a scaleless fish that can be found in the Amazon River. The Candiru fish generally feeds on blood. This fish can be found in the gill cavities of other fish, eating away at them. The scariest part is that it attacks humans. It enters the body through the urethra and causes inflammation, pain, haemorrhages, and death.
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