Many people have a fascination with keeping aquariums in their houses. It is such a joy to keep looking at the small, bright and colorful fishes of various species. Though they have a short span of life, every moment that is spent with them from feeding, bathing or chit – chatting becomes a profound memory. But as it is said that “every coin has two sides,” it is right in the fishes world as well. On one side, we love keeping fishes and find them cute, whereas, on the other hand, there are some of their kind from which every creature fears. They are the deadliest and dangerous creatures ironically classified under the fishes category! Brace yourself to go on a scary ride with me as I introduce you to the Top 10 Most Dangerous Fishes!
The Vandellia cirrhosa is a scaleless fish having the shape of a toothpick. Even though it grows to a length of about 1 inch and is small in size, it is known as the vampire fish. It is a part of the Trichomycteridae catfish family and is parasitic. This deadly fish is usually found in the Amazon River. It is well known for staying alive by sucking the blood from the gill cavities of other fishes and attacking and eradicating their blood vessels. Apart from the fishes waiting in the river, it is also a danger for the humans walking by the shore of the river. It may be smaller in size but has the power to rupture the private parts of a man!
Here comes the 2nd most poisonous fish of the world! It is hard to believe that such a cute looking fish can be dangerous enough to bring death. It is also known as swell fish or Blow-fish. It can grow a maximum of up to 3 feet. It is generally found in oceans and freshwater. When someone instigates it, within a blink of an eye it gulps some water and air and swells up like a ball with prickly thorns all over itself. The person attacked by puffer fish gets symptoms like numbness, dizziness, nausea, shock, and paralysis. Unfortunately, there is no antidote to save the victim from the attack.
8. Moray Eel
The 5 feet long Moray Eel is generally found within the shallow waters in the tropical areas. It has three rows of knife-shaped teeth and 2 sets of strong jaws. They have thick scaleless skin and are heavy. Generally, those people who try to feed such fishes with their hands become their prey and end up having surgery for broken fingers. So people be aware, these fishes do not need your love and affection!
Lion-fish belonging to the scorpionfish family is a native to the South Pacific Reef ecosystem. It is famous for its poisonous pectoral fins and dorsal fin spines. Each of its species has bold, zebra-like stripes on its body. One among the lion-fish species is the Pterois volitans which is 12 inches long and is red, brown and white. It is also kept in aquariums of many fish lovers. The attack caused by these fishes is harrowing but not fatal.
These 2 feet long fishes are found in the lakes of South America. They have razor shaped teeth, buried bodies, round heads, and round bellies. They are generally silver and black. With the help of sharp teeth, they can tear up the man’s bones within seconds. Among them are the red-bellied piranhas which live in a group of 100 and have the ability to grow up to 20 inches. Their good hearing ability makes it easier for them to catch their prey. They generally look for creatures to hunt which are smaller or slightly larger than them.
The tiger fishes are referred to as the ” American Piranhas” as they are as poisonous as the Piranha fish. They are 5 feet long and have razor sharp 32 teeth having a size equivalent to a white shark. They are named and classified based on their preying habits and appearances. The tiger fish in the African freshwater’s named Hydrocyon is the popular game fishes and are marked with dark stripes whereas the tiger fishes of the Indo – Pacific fresh waters have bold stripes and are small in size.
It is a long fish found in the muddy waters of the Orinoco and the Amazon River in South America. Unlike its name, it is not an Eel but a mixture of a Piranha fish and a neon tetras. It is a long cylindrical and scaleless fish having the ability to grow up to 9 feet. It is different from other fishes as it freezes its prey(other fishes) by producing an electric current and then quickly gulps them down. It has a mouth with numerous blood vessels that function as lungs and allow it to breathe. The Electric Eel is the main predator of the forest known as the Varzea.
Though these fish look very ugly and strange, they are highly poisonous. They are found in the shallow waters of the Indo – Pacific region and belong to the Synancejidae family. They have dorsal fin spines, large head, small mouth, fleshy flaps, and bumpy skin. If even accidentally someone’s footfalls on this fish, the pain experienced is horrible and problems like heart attack and paralysis may occur. One thing positive about this fish is that there is an antidote available to cure the poison and save the person.
One of the most dangerous fishes of the world is the White Shark. Many movies have been made on sharks depicting the terror, danger caused by them. They are also known as the white pointers and are often famous for setting swimmers, surfers, seals and sea lions as their prey. It generally bites only one time causing enough harm to the victim. Its attack may cause organ damage or even death.
These kinds of fishes are quite similar to the sharks and are found on the islands in the warm water. They belong to the Mobulidae family. They have large pectoral fins, short whips like tails and one or more spines. They generally feed on small fishes and plankton. The smallest manta named Mobula diabolis is 2 feet long whereas the largest one named Manta birostris is more than 23 feet wide. It is generally black and brown.
I felt as if my heart would come in my mouth at any time! . I would suggest all the readers reading this post to select the fishes for your aquarium very precisely as some of the fishes might turn out to be dangerous or hazardous to life.