12 Deadliest Creatures in the Ocean

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Image: The Scuba Center

Olive Sea Snake

Some of the deadliest hunters in the world are found in our oceans. Not all of them are what you might expect, either. From creatures the size of a baseball to leviathans weighing 45 tons, the animals featured here are all among the deadliest to their prey – and occasionally to man, too.


Image: Richard Giddins

Sperm whale surface fishing with Tuna in its mouth

Some use razor sharp teeth to slice up their prey; others use electricity, venom, or simple speed and stealth. The end result, however, is the same: swift death – from hunters that have specialized senses and body parts to track down and tackle their prey.

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12. Great Barracuda

The great barracuda is the biggest of all the barracuda species and is built like a torpedo. A solo hunter, it hunts in the shallows and around coral reefs, and has incredible vision with which it can either ambush or chase prey down. Officially, only two humans have been killed by barracudas, but they are suspected in many other deaths.

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