Florida and the 10 most poisonous and most dangerous animals...


Our only objection to the above noted lists is that the most dangerous and most poisonous animal -- also befitting a lot of other "mosts" -- was not listed in the top 10 of either list.

That of course would be the mindless corporate deniers of global warming -- Teapublicans -- which are already going to minimally be responsible for massive global species extinctions, possibly to include homo sapiens if nothing is done within the next five years to slow down the cascading feedback loops and the irreversible tipping point thresholds of global warming, which have previously led to extinction of over 95% of planetary life five times before. But, we digress, back to the lists...

Recognized as one of the greatest marine hazards (and “The Worlds Most Venomous Animal”), the box jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri) kills more people than sharks, crocodiles and stone-fish combined. Although the deadliest of the species are found in the South Pacific, box jellyfish are also a menace in Florida coastal waters, beginning in the spring when egg polyps that were laid in the prior late summer months, develop into hoards of little box jellyfish, which will drift around Florida waters, growing until they spawn and die near coastal estuaries in late summer. An excerpt follows from the above linked-to article...

"The top prize for 'The Worlds Most Venomous Animal,' would go to the Box Jellyfish. It has caused at least 5,567 recorded deaths since 1954 [that's 100 deaths per year]. Their venom is among the most deadly in the world. It’s toxins attack the heart, nervous system, and skin cells. And the worst part of it is that box jellyfish venom is so overpoweringly painful, that human victims go in shock, drown or die of heart failure before even reaching shore."

Given the point in the prior excerpt about victims not "reaching shore", it would be remiss to not emphasize that some victims may well never be found, go on Florida's missing persons list, and are not included in the above quoted number of recorded deaths from box jellyfish, so this is one reason that the above figure is likely low, albeit not by much.

Also, the above quoted number -- undoubtedly under-reported -- of recorded deaths are likely only reported from heavily populated regions of "first world" countries, and no doubt do not reflect deaths from isolated areas and backwoods "third world" regions, this factor could well make the number much higher.

Anyway, coming in at the third most poisonous "animal" on the planet is the Marbled Cone Snail (Conidae), with just one little snail carrying enough venom to kill 20 humans. Anyone like to see our collection of cone snail shells, found on south Florida beaches (both east and west coasts)...

To avoid being put into the same category as Faux Noose as UNFAIR and IMBALANCED, in addition to the above link to the 10 most poisonous animals, we provide this link to the 10 most dangerous animals, where the box jellyfish falls to 10th, and the Cone Snail falls to fourth, but the puffer fish -- native to Florida waters and the second most venomous critter according to Wikipedia -- comes in at ninth, and the stone-fish -- now found in Florida waters along with the deadly burgeoning hoards of lion-fish -- comes in at seventh.

We would also be remiss to point out that others on the lists, such as the golfball-sized blue ringed octopus, listed in fifth and seventh positions on the two lists linked to above, although native to the pacific, will no doubt someday surface in Florida waters, if not already here (remember, there were thousands of alligator-eating African rock pythons in the Everglades before Florida officials finally were forced to admit it).

Witness the Florida populations of exotic, non-native, imported animals and snakes and insects, such as African Nile monitors, African pythons, Eurasian wild boars, South American Anaconda snakes, Indo-Pacific lion-fish, south Pacific stone-fish, African black tiger mosquito, and all kinds of spiders, scorpions, and snakes...

Disclaimer: the critters noted in these top 10 lists are only that, the top 10. There are plenty more poisonous, dangerous, and just plain deadly dangers and diseases lurking in Florida's waters, swamps, parks, hiking trails, paths, roadways (just try to walk across one on foot, or bike along one), sidewalks (ditto), to include even in your own backyard (diamondback rattlesnakes, Eurasian wild boars, attack dogs, Nile monitors, rabid animals of all kinds (to include flying bats), Florida residents of course, and last but not least, who knows what the hell else is there that they are not telling us about (local rumors are that black mambas have been spotted; not black mommas, but the fastest, deadliest snake on the planet).

Disclaimer: there is an abundance of similar top 10 lists, but they are all fairly consistent with what is on the list, with few deviations, and vary mostly in the order of how the animals are ranked. And, none of them yet include Teapublicans, but they are on our lists at the top of the most dangerous, most poisonous, most arrogant, most uncaring, most stupid, most obnoxious, most devious, and eventually to be at the top of everyone's list as the most deadly (Demoncrats come in third, right behind corporations, which include the mainstream media shills they own).

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Reader's Comments »

  1. By Juliette on June 15, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    my uncle says cali has More dangerous animals wow

  2. By Bernie nazer on November 24, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I was snorkeling in the gulf 7 years ago and was collecting cone shells.i got stung by one and with in minuets when I got to shore I was getting parolized .iwas taken to the hospital and on the way I felt my life slipping away. For 2 weeks I couldn,t move any part of my body.Finnally by the Grace of God I started to improve.the Doctor that treated me knew all about cone shells.dr. Told me I was very lucky to be alive.I have had problems from the sting,open heart surgery,and some nerve damage,but glad to be alive.

  3. By Polly on February 4, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Ah, you include the Tea-party types. Sensible! Florida's normal humans maybe should be on the Endangered List?

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