After watching copious amounts of dangerous animal programmes last weekend and discovering how beautiful some are, we thought we'd write a little blog of our favourites...
Blue Ringed Octopus:
Inhabiting tide pools and coral reefs around the Indian and Pacific oceans and recognised as one of the most venomous marine animals on the planet, the blue ringed octopus is a fascinatingly beautiful creature. Only measuring 12-20cm in length and having a relatively docile nature they surprisingly produce one of the worlds most potent venoms known to man, enough to kill 26 adult humans in just a few minutes. When agitated, the brown patches on their yellow skin suddenly illuminate and turn into rings of brilliant blue (hence the name) which usually warns off predators, if this doesn't work they can unleash a venom filled bite which can paralyse most other sea dwelling creatures.
The notorious box jellyfish, strikes fear into swimmers off the coasts of Australia and Indonesia for its ability to instantly inflict an overpoweringly painful sting to its victim which contains toxins that attack the heart and nervous system causing heart failure and paralysis. It really is mind-boggling how something so elegant and graceful can produce a venom as powerful as it does. Interestingly enough, turtles are completely unaffected by the box jelly fishes sting!
Poison Dart Frog:
These delightful little critters are found in the tropical rainforests of central and South America. We actually bumped into a few while in Costa Rica earlier this year! The dart frogs name came about from the American Indians use of their toxic secretion for the tips of their blow darts. Having such brightly coloured skin is due to the intense toxicity levels of alkaloids that the frogs carry. It also helps warn off potential predators, however some snakes have developed a resistance to the frogs poison. Happy eating guys!
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