10 Animals You Should Never Mess With
At first glance, these birds seem friendly, so most animal lovers wouldn't think twice about approaching one of these adorable birds for a closer look.
They would soon realize that that isn't such a good idea once they experience being projectile- vomited on by this unassuming creature.Fulmars projectile-vomit on anyone or anything that they feel threatened by.
If I ever need protection, I will make sure to call my buddy Mr. Fulmar, but if he doesn't answer, I'll reach out to Floyd Mayweather.
These cute white and grey seabirds usually weigh between 1 and 2 pounds.
The Northern Fulmar lives in the North Atlantic and North Pacific.
The Southern Fulmar lives in the Southern Ocean.
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer - that's the Sea Cucumber's motto.
Usually located in the Asia Pacific area, when this ocean dweller feels threatened, it shoots out its intestines from its anus, yes it's anus. These very sticky and poisonous intestines grab the predator, paralyzing and usually killing it due to the poison, then the predator is eaten and sucked in through the anus and disposed from the other end of its body.
Sea Cucumbers are related to Starfish.
Sea Cucumbers can live up to 10 years.
Most of them are between 3.9 and 12 inches long, but some species can grow up to 3.3 feet long.
This creature breathes out of its anus, has no eyes, is sensitive to light, and has no brain. Many people would never guess that the Sea Cucumber and the scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz have something in common.
The Sea Cucumber lives on the ocean floor. Its purpose is to clean the ocean water, which allows all sea creatures to keep living, but its gut-spitting ability is way more entertainin!
Annie get your gun! Wait! Grab the Pistol Shrimp instead!
A Pistol Shrimp or Snapping Shrimp can instantly transform its claw into a weapon once it quickly snaps its claw. The impact of the snap briefly makes the water over 4,000 degrees Celsius! Burn baby burn!
The Pistol Shrimp has two claws: a big one and a small one. The large claw is sometimes half the size of its body! A Pistol Shrimp can open and close its claw at 62 mph! When it snaps its claw at a fast speed, it shoots out a small pocket of water, which is fast enough to rip water apart (yes, actually rip water apart).
When this happens, it creates a bubble that isn't actually water for a moment, (but it is supposed to be water. This takes place in the ocean after all !)This action generates so much negative pressure that when water rushes back in to fill the bubble, it emits power and heat powerful enough to stun or kill crab or fish. It then can feed on its fresh seafood dinner.
The snap of its claw can sometimes release a sound that can reach 218 decibels , which is louder than a gunshot! This is why this little guy has his name. This process is very fast, usually happening in less than a nanosecond.
Pistol Shrimp are usually between 1 and 2 inches long.
Most Pistol Shrimp live in tropical oceans near the coast, but some can be found in cold seas.
The incredible blast from this small creature can crack aquarium glass! So, it probably wouldn't be a good idea to put other species in the same tank as this guy.
If it ever loses its claw, it can just grow another one. However, this time, the new claw will be the smaller claw and the undamaged claw will be the bigger claw.
If you were walking down the street and saw a striped polecat, you would probably think that it looked like a cute little animal that looked like a skunk and a cat mixed into one. So, you would probably not think twice about petting one. That wouldn't be a very wise choice.
Located in Africa, when these carnivorous mammals feel threatened, they will first give you a "back off!" growl but if you keep bothering them, you will soon inhale dreadful smelling fluids from their anal glands. This booty spray can cause blindness and give you a burning sensation. This distinct smelling spray is definitely not the kind you would want to purchase at your local department store.
Lives in Africa.
Related to the weasel family.
Striped Polecats eat rabbits, frogs, snakes, water voles, eels, birds and insects.
Since the domestic Ferret is their ancestor, Polecats can interbreed with Ferrets.
Male Polecats can weigh between 2.2 and 3.3 lbs.
Female Polecats can weigh between 1.4 and 1.8 lbs.
They can grow between 24 and 28 inches long and their tails are usually between 3.9 and 5.9 inches.
Why use pepper spray when you can grab a Dragon Millipede for protection instead?
These Asian insects produce Hydrogen Cyanide, and pass this toxic chemical onto their predators just by simply touching them. This is done to protect themselves from hungry predators.
Hydrogen Cyanide can make animals sick or kill them.
If a human comes in contact with a Dragon Millipede, they can usually expect one of these symptoms: itching, eczema, blisters, skin irritation, or pink eye.
Dragon millipedes live in Asia.
They are usually around 1.2 inches long.
They eat plants. (Parents: let your children know that if tiny millipedes can eat their veggies, so can they! )
Before you pay your next electric bill, consider buying a pet Eel. It can produce up to 600 volts of electricity in order to stun its prey and keep predators away.
In Japan, a company hired an Electric Eel to light up their Christmas tree and the Eel did a great job keeping the tree illuminated.
Electric Eels are not actually Eels, they are Knifefish.
They live in Africa, Asia, and South America.
Electric Eels eat fish, birds and other small animals.
They can grow more than 8 feet long and weigh up to 44 pounds.
They have enough power to kill a crocodile or even a human, but human deaths linked to this creature are rare.
After doing extensive research, it looks like I will have to call my friend Sammy the Sea Hare in addition to Mr. Fulmar if I ever have to fight for my life.
When in danger of being eaten, a Sea Hare releases a reddish-purple ink to direct its predator's attention to their ink instead of to them.
Sea Hares also release a milky white substance called Opaline, which blocks the predator's sense of smell. The predator not sure what hit them, then tries to wipe the substance off of their body while the Sea Hare slowly but surely glides away.
Sea Hare to predator: “Now you see me, now you don't!”
Sea Hares can be found in the Pacific coast of California, the Gulf of California, and in Northwestern Mexico.
See Hares have very few predators because their bodies are toxic due to their algae diet.
They can grow between 16 to 30 inches long and weigh between 5 and 30 pounds.
Sea Hares are both male and female.
REGAL HORNED LIZARDS
Pepper spray ain't got nothin' on the spray that the Regal Horned Lizard uses to keep predators away!
When this reptile feels threatened, it sprays blood out of its eyes towards its predator's mouth. The horrendous taste of its blood makes predators run away not knowing what hit them!
Regal Horned Lizards live in Mexico and in the Southwestern part of the United States.
They can grow between 3 and 4 inches long.
They are slow runners, so they use camouflage to protect themselves from predators, but let's be honest, their blood squirting ability is way more fascinating!
PYGMY SPERM WHALE
When people feel threatened and feel like their lives are at stake, they will usually look for anything that can help them defend themselves. It could be a pair of scissors, a bottle of bleach (my usual choice), a baseball bat, the list can go on forever. We use what we have to protect ourselves.
The Pygmy Sperm Whale is very similar. When it feels threatened, it poops and flaps its tail to create a huge cloud of poop. It does this to hide in the poop cloud until its predator leaves it alone.
Once it feels safe again, it leaves the poop cloud and goes on about its day.
Now that's using what you got to your advantage!
Pygmy Sperm Whales can be found in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.
They are usually between 9.5 to 11.5 feet long and weigh between 600 and 1000 pounds
Their diet usually consists of Octopus, Squid, Shrimp, Crab, and Fish.
MALAYSIAN EXPLODING ANT
Are you a ride or die type of friend?
I know someone who is - the Malaysian Exploding Ant.
These tiny ants are filled with poison. The thing is, they can't use this poison and stay alive at the same time.
When these tiny ants think their life or the life of their colony is in danger, they contract their little muscles to build up the poison in their bodies, then they explode, spraying their poison on the predator.
The predator can die from the poison if it's a small animal, but if it's a big animal, it will probably learn its lesson to never mess with these tough ants ever again!
These ants are truly ride-or-die creatures.
(Cheating spouses please take notes.)
Malaysian Exploding Ants can be be found in Malaysia (who would have known?)