Traveling to far-flung locales always has its perils, and it’s good to be forewarned before taking flight. For this reason, we’ve created a list of the Top 10 Most Lethal Creatures on the face of the Earth – with tips on how to identify them, avoid them, and (if worst came to worst) treat their deadly stings, bites, and secretions.
1. Box Jellyfish
Claim to Fame: The “world’s most venomous creature”.
How to ID it: With an “umbrella” that’s cube-shaped rather than domed, the box jellyfish boasts 15 tentacles, 24 eyes, four brains, and 60 anuses!
Where You’ll Find It: The most deadly species live in the sub-tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans and favor calm, shallow waters and rivers’ mouths.
How It Attacks: It’s transparency makes it almost invisible, often sneaking up on you unaware. Each of its tentacles has 500,000 harpoon-shaped needles that simultaneously inject venom into its victims.
What Happens to Your Body Venom attacks the heart, nervous system, and skin cells. You’ll experience shock and pain so unbearable that you’ll likely die of heart failure or drown before you can even reach the shore.
Emergency Treatment: Before and after removing the stinging tentacle (with a towel or gloved hand), flood the sting with vinegar. Apply ice cubes for pain. In the event of cardiac arrest, perform CPR before heading to a hospital.
Death Quotient : Over 5,500 deaths have been recorded worldwide in the last 50 years.