Teeth, poison, and a hungry tummy: the "most dangerous ocean fish" to watch out for at the beach
The five oceans, filled with their exotic wildlife, pristine oceans, and magnificent coasts, are truly a splendor to behold. However, despite all of the wonders in the big blue, there are still a few fishes that won't hesitate to make sushi out of a human when given the chance.
When one speaks the words "most dangerous ocean fish", sharks make up a vast majority of the first fish that that come to mind. However, there are other predators humans should be wary of when wading through the shores. One of the deadliest animals in the ocean is the dreaded stone fish. While small and sluggish in stature, what makes stone fish dangerous are the rows of highly venomous spines protruding out of their fins and backs, which cause a scorching feeling, followed by an obnoxious swelling. Stone fish are camouflage hunters, sometimes waiting weeks before a hapless minnow finds itself vacuumed into the predator's mouth. Although there has only been one confirmed death from this sneaky predator, people frequently find themselves stung by the stone fish, which often resembles a rock or algae. While far too small to prey on or kill a healthy human, these fish can produce a nauseating sting.
Fortunately, few predators in the ocean grow large enough to consume a human. However, this doesn't mean they won't hesitate to take off a finger or two. Barracudas, most well known as the monsters that massacred the clown fish family in the critically acclaimed film "Finding Nemo", are to be even more feared than the senile stone fish. while most are too small to pose any sort of threat to humans, the great barracuda is one to keep your space from. Feared predators in their own right, the great barracuda can reach a rather disturbing length of 6 feet. The vast majority of attacks from these fearsome creatures are often an accident, when they mistake a diver or swimmer with shiny, reflective jewelry as a fish. With a streamlined and smooth body, great barracudas can top speeds of 27 miles per hour. However, despite their impressive capabilities, these fish prefer to scavenge. Occasionally, this will result in them mistaking humans for another ocean predator, following them and hoping for some leftover scraps to feast on. Luckily, with humans not on their typical menus, the great barracuda is a beautiful creature to observe...from a distance.
You knew it was coming. What kind of article about dangerous fish NOT include sharks? (Cues the JAWS theme song) While the great white shark is already a well known man eater, there is another sharp-toothed predator to definitely avoid. Perhaps the most dangerous shark is the infamous bull shark. While growing to a modest 8 feet in length, (on the small end for sharks) they more than make up for it with their voracious appetites. Being the perfect blend of scavenger and hunter, bull shark bellies have contained everything from a suit of armor to tin cans and gunpowder barrels. However, the most important aspect to consider is that these sharks can tolerate freshwater. Combined with their preference for shallow water and alarmingly high population, it is no wonder that the bull shark easily claims the title of the most dangerous fish in the sea".
Stone fish, barracudas, sharks, the earth's five oceans hold no bounds on the vast amount of predators lurking in the sea. However, don't let this article scare you out of the water-the ocean is a beautiful place, and humans consume millions of fish every year, while your chances of being munched on by a shark is less than getting struck by lightning. Hopping into a cage with an experienced boater and coming face to face with any of these predators should be enough to convince that these fish-while deadly-contain a magnificence not seen anywhere else.