Australia has some of the deadliest animals in the world. Their attacks on humans are often extremely dangerous. Here are the top ten animals.
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Number 10: The Great White Shark
Also known as “The White Death,” the great white shark is the largest predatory fish on earth, often growing as large as 21 feet long & weighing over 7,000 pounds! These sharks are typically found in huge numbers along Australia’s southern coasts, where it attacks its victims that are snorkeling, diving, surfing, or swimming. While humans do not make ideal prey for sharks, as they tend to prefer actual marine life, great whites account for a high number of unprovoked attacks against humans compared to most other shark species.
Since 2012, there have been nearly 300 reported, unprovoked great white attacks against humans. These sharks have killed 74 people overall since these types of attacks have been documented. They’ve also been known to attack small boats as well by tipping them over & spilling its passengers overboard.
But since 1999, the Australian government has actually been working to conserve the great white population in the country, as they were becoming vulnerable to sport fishing. According to a 2010 report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (or IUCN), there are fewer than 3,500 great white sharks worldwide.
Number 9: The Tiger Snake
The tiger snake is one of the country’s most venomous snakes found particularly in the southern regions. They often grow up to 10 feet long & usually sport scale patterns similar to tiger fur, hence their name.
Tiger snakes find their prey on Australia’s farms & outer suburban houses, where they attack unsuspecting victims in the dark. Their bite has a mortality rate of about 45 to 60% if left untreated. Studies have shown that envenomation occurs in roughly 60% of bites, which is significantly higher than most other snake species.
Their venom is among the most potent of all snakes in Australia. When bit, a person will likely begin experiencing intense pain in their feet & neck as well as tingling, sweating, & numbness all over. As the venom seeps deeper into the body, the victim will have trouble breathing & may even experience paralysis. If treatment is not sought, their venom will cause muscle weakness, kidney damage, or death due to renal failure.
Number 8: Funnel Web Spiders
This spider resembles a tarantula with deadly fangs that can penetrate both your shoes & nails. Their venom is fatal & causes death by attacking your nervous system & altering your organs’ functions. In fact, their venom is so powerful that experts claim it can kill within 15 minutes. By this metric, it can be considered the deadliest spider in the world.
There are a total of 35 Australian funnel web spider species, most of which carry this deadly venom. The Sydney funnel web spider in particular is known to pose a grave threat to humans. When they bite, they strike several times & almost always release venom into their victims. Children are particularly vulnerable to these spiders as they account for 42% of severe envenoming cases. Some estimates state that they’re responsible for at least 14 deaths per year.
Number 7: The Blue Bottle
Also known as the Portuguese Man o’ War, the blue bottle stings 10,000 people every summer with venom that travels up your lymph nodes & causes severe allergic reactions. Because they’re often mistaken for jellyfish, their stings are commonly mistreated & victims consequently have more harm done to them due to erroneous treatment. They also experience red welts around the sting that last for days on end.
When you spot one blue bottle in the water, there are often several more lurking nearby. It’s also not uncommon for one of these creatures to get washed ashore, causing the entire beach to temporarily close to the public. But even detached tentacles from dead blue bottles can be just as harmful, as they still induce a painful & venomous sting.
Number 6: Stonefish
Populating the coastal regions of Australia, stonefish are among the most poisonous fish in the world. As such, they present a very lethal threat to humans.
Victims often misstep on this well-disguised fish as it oftentimes camouflages itself as a rock. Its venom–which damages your heart, respiratory system, & nervous system–is so severe that many victims demand their limbs be amputated in order to escape the pain. The skin around the sting will often change colors as oxygen