Worlds Most Dangerous Animals?

Discussion in 'Earth Science' started by ScaryMonster, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. Enmos Staff Member

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    Pff! Have you actually seen the movie? I'd say the humans were the bad guys..

    They are animals.
     
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  3. one_raven God is a Chinese Whisper Valued Senior Member

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    What are they, then?
    They aren't plants or minerals.

    Virus?
     
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  5. Enmos Staff Member

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    In some ways..

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    Mr Anderson. Welcome back, we missed you.
     
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    It's good to be back.
     
  9. John Connellan Valued Senior Member

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    Yeah, I think that was the point. It was more a movie about racism than anyhting else!
     
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    Yep, that's what I thought

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  11. ScaryMonster I’m the whispered word. Valued Senior Member

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    (NOT ON TOPIC) As the creator of the thread I’d just like to point out that this is about Animals, feel free to fly into any flights of fancy as long as its about animals. Not Movies! unless its a movie about Animals.
     
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    Yea, sorry Scary. On a side note, why did you decide to post this in 'Earth Science' rather than 'Biology & Genetics' or 'Free Thoughts'?

    Anyway, how about these two:

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    I think we've had those. Might I suggest:

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    The Komodo dragon

    “In the wild, an adult Komodo dragon usually weighs around 70 kilograms (150 lb), although captive specimens often weigh more. The largest verified wild specimen was 3.13 metres (10.3 ft) long and weighed 166 kilograms (370 lb), including undigested food. The Komodo dragon has a tail as long as its body, as well as about 60 frequently replaced serrated teeth that can measure up to 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) in length. Its saliva is frequently blood-tinged, because its teeth are almost completely covered by gingival tissue that is naturally lacerated during feeding. This creates an ideal culture for the virulent bacteria that live in its mouth. It also has a long, yellow, deeply forked tongue.

    Komodo dragons have been known to attack humans; on June 4, 2007 a Komodo dragon attacked an eight-year-old boy on Komodo Island. The boy later died of massive bleeding from his wounds.
    Natives blamed the attack on environmentalists outside the island prohibiting goat sacrifices. This denied the Komodo dragons their expected food source, causing them to wander into human civilization in search of food. A belief held by many natives of Komodo Island is that Komodo dragons are actually the reincarnation of fellow kinspeople and should thus be treated with reverence.”
    Wiki.
     
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    Both?

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    Alright, how about Ticks:

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    Cheating, I know.....
     
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    Ebola?
     
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    Yep!

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    Fungal infection? lol I'm just guessing here..
     
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    yellow fever
     
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    Aye

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    Ok, this critter is not dangerous to a human, but even so..

    Sacculina carcini

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    If you ever have a choice between being possessed by the devil and being possessed by a Sacculina carcini, opt for the devil—no contest. A female sacculina begins life as a tiny free-floating slug in the sea, drifting around until she encounters a crab. When that fateful day arrives, she finds a chink in the crab’s armor (usually an elbow or leg joint) and thrusts a kind of hollow dagger into its body. After that, she (how to put this?) “injects” herself into the crab, sluicing through the dagger and leaving behind a husk. Once inside, the jellylike sacculina starts to take over. She grows “roots” that extend to every part of the crab’s body—wrapping around its eyestalks and deep into its legs and arms. The female feeds and grows until eventually she pops out the top of the crab, and from this knobby protrusion, she will steer the Good Ship Unlucky Crab for the rest of their commingled life. Packed full of parasite, the crab will forgo its own needs to serve those of its master. It won’t molt, grow reproductive organs, or attempt to reproduce. It won’t even regrow appendages, as healthy crabs can. Rather than waste the nutrients on itself, a host crab will hobble along and continue to look for food with which to feed its parasite master.

    From: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/10568 + more

    Sacculina carcini is actually related to barnacles by the way, which in turn are related to crabs and lobsters.
     
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    Some sort of rod shaped bacteria. Are those flagella?
     

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