Worlds Most Dangerous Animals?

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  1. Spud Emperor solanaceous common tater Registered Senior Member

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    The seahorse, well known felon.

    Just an observation, I know Steve Irwin's attack was flukish, but he wasn't actually wrong place, wrong time. He was well within its comfort zone and that usually comes at a price.
    My dive( spearfishing) buddy has also had a stingray strike to the chest, didn't kill him but he wasn't altogether happy about it.
     
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  3. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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    That stingray wasn't so angry.
    It wasn't attacking Steve Irwin.
     
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  5. fedr808 1100101 Valued Senior Member

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    mosquito.

    The mosquito kills over 2 million people every year,
     
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  7. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Viruses, they kill millions everywhere.
     
  8. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    The question is about animals and viruses are not animals. In fact, they don't fit into any of the six kingdoms of living things: animals, plants, fungi, protists, archaea and bacteria. Other classification systems have been proposed but none include viruses.

    So it's not quite correct to say that viruses are even alive.
     
  9. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    If I got bit by a Tasmanian Devil could I get the cancer they carry?
     
  10. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    For the benefit of our young members, non-anglophones, and others like myself who just don't understand sarcasm... Seahorses are not dangerous. Although they are carnivorous, they are classified as ambush predators, waiting for brine shrimp and other crustaceans to come along, then grabbing them. They're very slow-moving, not poisonous, and as far as I can tell they have no teeth.

    They are fairly popular pets, but if kept in an aquarium with the wrong tank-mates, they can end up starving because somebody else gets all the food.

    The way male seahorses fight with each other over a female is by tail-wrestling. Nothing to worry about, folks!
     
  11. Enmos Staff Member

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    I bet people kill more people than that every year!
     
  12. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    hmmm, in mosquitoes, isn't it the females? And in people I bet its the males
     
  13. Enmos Staff Member

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    In mosquitoes it's only the females, in humans it's males and females.
    Of course, the majority of kills are because of males.
     
  14. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    "When researchers first discovered agents that behaved like bacteria but were much smaller and caused diseases such as rabies and foot-and-mouth disease, it became the general view that viruses were biologically "alive." However this perception changed in 1935 when the tobacco mosaic virus was crystallized and it was shown that the particles lacked the mechanisms necessary for metabolic function. Once it was established that viruses consist merely of DNA or RNA surrounded by a protein shell, it became the scientific view that they are more complex biochemical mechanisms than living organisms.


    "Viruses exist in two distinct states. When not in contact with a host cell, the virus remains entirely dormant. During this time there are no internal biological activities occurring within the virus, and in essence the virus is no more than a static organic particle. In this simple, clearly non-living state viruses are referred to as 'virions'. Virions can remain in this dormant state for extended periods of time, waiting patiently to come into contact with the appropriate host. When the virion comes into contact with the appropriate host, it becomes active and is then referred to as a virus. It now displays properties typified by living organisms, such as reacting to its environment and directing its efforts toward self-replication".
    http://serc.carleton.edu/microbelife/yellowstone/viruslive.html
     
  15. SilverShadow Fox Registered Member

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    .....these creatures ARE animals!!!!!!! What on this earth would make you think otherwise?!?!?!

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  16. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    During WWII we were killing about ten million of ourselves per year. Maybe the bloodiest wars since then, like the Congo and Chinese civil wars, killed two million per year. But during peacetime, or even the less bloody wars of the past 60 years, I don't think it comes to two million. Not unless you count accidental killings like road accidents.
    Hehe. I missed that. What does he think we are, plants? Fungi?
     
  17. Enmos Staff Member

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    Of course I am counting them. I am counting all killings of a human by a human.
     
  18. takethewarhome midnatt klarhet Registered Senior Member

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    I was reading the other day in a LIFE book on WW II, and they set the number of dead at 60 million. I just can't fathom...
     
  19. takethewarhome midnatt klarhet Registered Senior Member

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    Even though I'm sure someone already did this...

    WORLDS MOST DANGEROUS ANIMALS:

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    KILL ANY YOU SEE!
     
  20. Enmos Staff Member

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  21. John99 Banned Banned

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    Humans.
     
  22. Enmos Staff Member

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    And what Kingdom do humans belong to?
    I know I should know better than to ask you this..
     
  23. John99 Banned Banned

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    I dont belong to kingdom.
     

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