Interest in sharks have risen over the past month, thanks to Shark Week’s culmination on Discovery Channel, and the release of The Meg, a Hollywood movie about a prehistoric shark’s reemergence. People are afraid of sharks, but that’s what piques their interest too. Little do we know that sharks may look scary, but there are more creatures in the deep that are many times more dangerous than these predators. In fact, shark attacks are often not fatal and pose little threat to us. If you are into scuba diving, here are five dangerous creatures you may run into.
Shark Most of shark attacks reported involve the Great White Shark. While it is true that diving in an area infested with it can be dangerous, bear in mind that most of the reported incidents aren’t fatal. In fact, with their dwindling numbers, they need more protection from humans than the other way around.
Tiger sharks are known to attack humans at night. They are big and dangerous, similar to the Great White shark. If you find one in the deep, veer away. But don’t panic. Just don’t instigate them, or draw unnecessary attention.
The beauty of a Lionfish is captivating, with its blend of fiery red orange color and striking rays for fins. They are extremely poisonous. When threatened it can inject lethal poison through its beautiful stingers, which can be an excruciatingly painful experience.
We are often drawn by the beauty of corals when we dive. They are colorful and vivid, but be cautious of the Stone Fish. This is one of the most poisonous creatures in the deep sea. Sometimes we can’t tell that they’re right in front of us because they are camouflage with their surroundings, hiding in plain sight, therefore people who have been stung by them usually weren’t even aware of their presence. Stone Fish, however, are not aggressive.
It is best to stay away from the blue-ringed octopus when you see one, or it’ll activate its defense mechanism. You will know it feels threatened by your presence when it starts to display blue rings all over its body. A small sting is all it needs to inject its venom, which can be deadly. Better to appreciate its beauty from a safe distance when diving.