Australia is, for most, a dream destination that has to be visited at least once in a lifetime. From its stunning, pristine, sometimes deserted beaches, to its rich fauna and flora and everything in between, tourists have been flocking to Oz for years, attracted by its natural beauty and its laid-back nature. Besides being one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Australia is also home to countless deadly animals, sea species and plants. Surrounded by water, its beaches are also rather dangerous when caught in unsafe currents. On top of all this, the sheer force of the sun when in Australia is enough to seriously fry your skin.
After having lived about eight months in Australia, I still find it miraculous I made it out alive. Every day, knowingly or unknowingly, Australians, as well as those that are lucky enough to temporarily call Australia their home, are confronted with some of the most dangerous situations in the entire world. Forget hanging up your towels in the backyard while barefooted, sitting on wooden park benches or taking showers without critters having a free peep show. Forget taking walks in the forest without proper foot attire, swimming off the east coast of Australia at dawn or dusk, or sleeping in a tent in the Outback. Brace yourself for what you’re about to see…
10 Australian Snakes
9 Box Jellyfish
8 Sharks (Bull, Tiger, White Pointer)
7 Saltwater Crocodile
6 The Sun
3 Blue-Ringed Octopus
2 Marble Cone Snail
Probably one of the ugliest fish known to mankind, one wouldn't naturally think of approaching this fish once in the ocean. Spiny and greenish brown in color, its back contains numerous venomous spines. In fact, it is said to be the most poisonous fish in the sea. The stonefish enjoys swimming around coral reefs and on rocks, and enjoys sleeping in the mud laying on the bottom of the ocean floor. Occasionally, it can even come up onto shore, surviving up to 24 hours. When we discuss the Stonefish, the first thing that comes to mind is its ability to perfectly camouflage itself. It has the appearance of a rock and is barely noticeable, unless you are looking for it. The pain exerted by this fish is said to be one of the most painful experiences one could ever live through. Swelling occurs almost immediately after a bite, causing death to the surrounding tissues. Blood rushes out of the area affected by the spine and if it isn't treated rapidly, the victim will die. The anti-venom for this fish is said to be the second most administered one in Australia, demonstrating that numerous attacks occur.
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