Our planet is home to a plethora of lifeforms, from the beautiful and elegant to the bizarre and downright dangerous. In 2011, scientists estimated that there are about 8.7 million different species on Earth, with 6.5 million of these being land-dwellers, and the other 2.2 million residing in our oceans. What’s most surprising about this is that a vast number of the Earth’s species have yet to be discovered.
Delving further into the statistics, scientists tell us that around 10,000 species of animals are discovered per year. While some of the creatures we share the planet with are cute and adorable, a good portion of them are pretty scary too. So, without further ado, let’s get up close and personal with some of our planet’s most dangerous and terrifying creatures.
The Giant Pacific Octopus
The giant Pacific octopus, also known as the North Pacific giant octopus, is one of the biggest octopuses on the planet. Apart from its impressive size, the giant Pacific octopus also lives longer than any other octopus species, with an average lifespan of about three to five years.
These octopuses have large, bulbous heads and are commonly reddish-brown in appearance. They have two rows of suckers which are lined with hooks, allowing them to capture their prey. Once in the inescapable grip of one of these creatures, prey will be helplessly dragged towards the sharp, beak-like mouth. giant Pacific octopuses feeds mostly on shrimp, lobsters, and fish, but have also been known to hunt sharks and birds.