INVISIBLE AND VENOMOUS – World’s Most Venomous Fish
My buddy Ben and I were heading to a remote resort island in Myanmar in search of pristine coral reefs. I I’m ready! In three afternoons, we were able to document an abundance of sea creatures, exotic wildlife and the latest trending German swimwear fashions. Our guide Sam offered to give us a personal tour of all the best reefs and beaches around now, Nyaung Oo Phee Island. The only catch was that we had to share the boat with four other people. Among the plethora of vibrant fish species and alien ocean creatures, we saw many of the world’s top most venomous and poisonous animals in the sea. Including the top three most venomous fish in the world. Many people confuse venom and poison or assume they mean the same thing. They are both toxic substances. The main distinction is the method of delivery. Poison gets into the body if you touch it, swallow it or inhale it. A venomous animal has means of actively injecting their toxin into you with fangs or stingers. This sea snake is venomous. And this scorpion is venomous. And the barbs on stingrays tails are venomous. If you touch the secretion on a tiger salamander and then rub your eye you’ll be in a world of temporary pain. I learned this the hard way. So, many salamanders are poisonous. The fangs on this blue tarantula can inject you with venom. Glands on this toad’s skin are poisonous. The Stinger on this bee is venomous. And if you gobble down this puffer fish or this porcupine fish you’ll have ingested a potent neurotoxin. And so these fish are poisonous. Now that you know the difference let’s get down to the top three most venomous fish in the world. The first location Sam took us to was a rock poking out of the ocean. The sides of this little island were coral covered walls that descended straight down… Forever! This was an excellent location to search for sea creatures and compete who could free dive the deepest. Our new friend “Sea” always won. Here we found the third most venomous fish in the world… The scorpion fish. Scorpion fish have crazy camouflage as they patiently await to ambush smaller prey swimming by. Their fins are equipped with venomous spines. And if you’re clumsy enough to get pierced by them, there’s a long list of various pains and symptoms you’ll get to experience. The second most venomous fish in the world was spotted at the second location Sam took us to. A rocky sea floor covered with corals urchins and an anemones. As Sea was scouting the depths like she does, she spotted a lionfish. Lionfish and scorpion fish are closely related, But this one is much more flamboyant. If you get stung, like the scorpion fish, there’s a long list of various pains and symptoms. But worse! If you touch a jellyfish you may get a sudden painful sting. So it’s poisonous right? Wrong. Under a microscope, you’ll see that a jellyfish tentacle is covered with nematocysts. Tiny spring-loaded harpoons, explosive to the touch. Anenomies also having to nematocysts and like jellyfish use them to paralyze prey or defend themselves. But some fish are immune to these booby traps. The third location Sam took us to was a vacant beach paradise. Alone in all this pristine beauty, it’s easy to let your guard down. But all wildernesses demand respect. Lurking below your feet here is a master of disguise and the most venomous fish in the world. The stone fish! If you step on a stone fish it’s serious and there’s a good chance so get to ride in a helicopter. Symptoms are similar to that of the scorpion fish and the lionfish but way, way worse! What did you just see? A stonefish! Yeah? so, uh… That’s a concern. All right, I like your statement that you made when you touched him. What was that? He’s really committing to the stonefish role. He’s really just doubling down on it. You gave him a little nudge… I’m like, I’m pretty sure you’re a fish dude. And he’s like “nope.” So if you’re on the island just don’t walk there. It’s a general rule. Every coral reef worldwide has its share of venomous and poisonous creatures that deserve your respect. Even if you don’t know what to look for or if you do and you’re just distracted by the scenery. The odds of getting tagged by any of these gems defending itself is extremely slim. The only real discomfort you’re likely to experience here is a broken heart from one of these girls. We’d like to send an extra-special ကျေးဇူးတင်ပါတယ် to Sam and all the wonderful staff at the Victorian Cliff Resort on Nyaung Oo Phee Island. These are our guides Mingalabar! Thank you for this unforgettable dream vacation Myanmar. ‘Til next time… next time friends Happy Trails… It should be friends. Ok. now… I’m the only fan… Ok One, Two.. It should be “til next time friends, Happy Trails. 1, 2, 3… (all together) ‘Til next time friends. Happy Trails!