PERILOUS LOOKING BUT RELATIVELY HARMLESS ANIMALS
Added on: 10th Mar 2016
The world´s second largest living shark after the whale shark,
the basking shark looks even scarier than his bigger relative but
this gentle giant poses no threat to us, none what so ever.
Its enormous, widely open mouth filters water in order to catch
plankton, invertebrates and small fish.
Victim to a host of urban legends which include myths of camel
disembowelment, feeding on sleeping humans, and powerful
venomous bites, the Camel spider is guilty of none of these
accusations. Although it looks scary and dangerous, it is not a
venomous animal and though its bite might be painful,
it is not medically significant.
Suffering from an inflated reputation of being an aggressive and
dangerous dog, pit-bulls are actually smart, loyal, and overall
good pets. As with any dog, proper socializing is needed.
Reaching up to an incredible 17cm (7inch) and capable of lifting
more than 80 times its own weight, the Hercules beetle is the
largest rhino beetle. Equipped with extremely powerful horns,
the beetles often engage in ferocious fights among themselves
but are generally harmless to people.
A great example of deep-sea gigantism, the giant isopod is up to
36cm (14 inches) long and is usually found hundreds of metres
deep in the ocean. Despite its creepy alien-like
appearance, it’s completely harmless.
Living as deep as 1,570m (5150ft) in the ocean, the frilled shark
is another sea creature you will probably never encounter and
even if you do, will probably not see you as a potential meal.
The only known cases of the frilled shark causing some harm to
people are scientists who have accidentally cut themselves
examining the shark´s teeth.
SAND TIGER SHARK
Inhabiting subtropical and temperate waters worldwide, the sand
tiger shark does look dangerous due to its relatively large size and
sharp slender teeth but there hasn’t been any case of a fatality
caused by this shark species. These slow creatures are
generally peaceful and hardly ever attack people.
Found in tropical to temperate waters at depths to 2,000m (6,600ft),
the humpback anglerfish is a scary-looking for sure. It lures its
prey with a bizarre glowing antenna sticking out from its forehead.
In spite of its ghoulish looks, this deep sea dweller is not
actively after human flesh.