Not only on land but the sea in Australia are full of scary creatures. I have already told you about the Sharks and Crocs. There are more creatures under the sea which are not only scary but fatal for us humans. The top three underwater killers are not big but fatal killers. Size does not matter here
Irukandji Jellyfish – Small but extremely dangerous are these jellyfish. Measuring just one cubic centimeter they are highly venomous and inhabit the marine waters of Australia. They fire their stingers into victims causing extreme pain and nausea. The venom is 100 times more potent than a Cobra, and can cause death if not treated quickly.
Blue-ringed Octopus – Yes octopus can be deadly, and the only species fatal to humans is found off the coast of Australia. Most scary fact is that these creatures inhabit the shallow coastal waters and are always present near the beaches. The venom can simply be passed through contact and there is no pain. In 10 minutes there can be total shut down of the body. The children and young adults are more at risk because of their body weight being less.
Conus the Snail that kills – Could you ever imagine that a snail could kill? Well Australia has this surprise for you. Just six inches in size they look like a normal snail but are dangerous. The Conus is found in coastal waters and hunts fish. But accidental stings can cause death with no known anti-venom available. The venom is put into the victim via a harpoon like tooth propelled by a proboscis.
In a recent study it was found that humans are naturally afraid of snakes. It is imprinted in our genes. Only few snake species are poisonous. Australia has largest collection of deadly and poisonous snakes.
Some of the most deadly snakes are:
- Common Brown snake – This snake is found in eastern side of Australia and is responsible for most number of Human deaths. It is fast, aggressive and easily roused. When angry it rises up from the ground in an “S” shape and strikes. Its venom is one of the most toxic and leads to progressive paralysis. If the victim is left untreated for more than 10 minutes, death is imminent.
- Common Tiger Snake – Tiger snakes are responsible for second highest number of bites. They are found in highly populated areas along the east coast and even in some urban areas of Melbourne. Their venom damages blood and muscles, and leads to kidney failure. When angry they strike low on feet.
- Inland Taipan – This snake has the most toxic venom of all terrestrial snakes. Found in Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales it is very reclusive. They are deadly but due to rarity very few bites have been reported.
- Common Death Adder – The unique toxins in the venom of the common death adder makes it deadly. Around 50 percent of bites result in deaths. The venom causes loss of motor functions which includes respiration, leading to asphyxiation and eventual death. It is found in Eastern, Southern and Western Australia.
- King Brown Snake – It is the most aggressive snake found in Australia. They bite savagely and chew muscles injecting large amounts of venom (Up to 150 mg). They hiss loudly and are frightening when they sway. It is found all over Australia.