If you’re anything like me, you will be curious about what kinds of fish there are out in our oceans. Even to this day, we have not discovered every species of marine life as some areas of the oceans are simply too deep for us to explore. Just take a moment to let that sink in because that alone is incredible! Fish are amongst the most beautiful and fascinating creatures in the world. Here at Oyster Diving we have seen thousands of different fish species of all colours, shapes and sizes and yet they never cease to fascinate us. However, as wonderful as it can be to experience diving and swimming with marine life it is just as important to be aware of the potential dangers in the ocean. A lot of people fear the ocean and we didn’t write this article to scare you but simply to educate you on what to avoid. Today, we have written you our list of Top 10 deadliest fish found on the earth. Read on and enjoy.
The Puffer Fish
The puffer, also called a swellfish or blowfish, is famous for its ability to inflate when disturbed or threatened. Puffers are found in warmer regions around the world, primarily in the ocean but in some instances, they have been found in fresh water. These fish are extremely tough, both physically due to their spiky skin and in a survival sense. Many species are extremely poisonous. The puffer fish has a highly toxic substance called tetrodotoxin, that is located in its liver, ovaries, intestines and skin. The tetrodotoxin poison affects the brain of its victim and can cause weakness, paralysis and death – even with minimum consumption of the poison. Pufferfish are ranked amongst the topmost poisonous fish found in our oceans so are definitely worth avoiding, if possible.
The Red Lionfish
The Red Lionfish are famous for their venomous fin spines, which are capable of producing painful, though rarely fatal, puncture wounds. The fishes have large pectoral fins and elongated dorsal fin spines, and each species bears a particular pattern of bold, zebralike stripes. When disturbed, the fish will spread their fins and, if aggravated further, they will attack with their dorsal spines. The red lionfish is one of the most well-known species and is native to the South Pacific Reef ecosystem. It relies on camouflage and lightning-fast reflexes to capture its prey, mainly fish and shrimp. If a human were to be stung by a lionfish it would not be fatal however, it would be extremely painful and can cause nausea and breathing difficulties.