The ocean is can be a dangerous place with over 1,200 venomous sea creatures. Find out which marine life to stay away from in the Philippines here.
A popular aquarium fish, the lionfish is interesting to look at because of their colors, fins, and rays, humans should be wary when interacting with them because their fins contain venom which can cause extreme pain, vomiting, fever, difficulty in breathing, convulsions, heartburn, and diarrhea among others.
Heard about a local celebrity who almost lost her life to box jellyfish? Or that 7-year old Filipino-Italian who died after being stung by this highly dangerous marine life? There’s reason they are considered the “world’s most venomous creature”. The venom is so potent that it can cause death within 2 to 5 minutes especially without immediate treatment.
This species can grow up to 30 inches and is recognized as the largest species of triggerfish in its range hence also called giant triggerfish. Females may attack divers when the nest is threatened especially during reproduction season so care must be taken when around them.
Banded Sea Snake
When you see this marine life with distinctive black stripes and yellow snout, you better be cautious and avoid doing something that could threaten them for their venom can cause your respiratory system to fail.
While they look interesting, you do not want to mess with them because the blue-ringed octopus is recognized as one of the world’s most venomous marine animals. They may be small at 12 to 20 cm. but their venom may cause paralysis, respiratory failure, coma, or even death if not treated immediately. They feed on small crabs and shrimps, and inhabits tide pools and coral reefs.