A Paradox you might never have considered.
This list was developed by the Australian Museum in Sydney. Museum staff rated animals out of 10 based on the threat they pose, combined with the likelihood of encountering one.
Danger rating: 10/10
1.Box jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri)
Danger rating: 9/10
2.Honey bee (Apis mellifera).
3. Irukandji (Carukia barnesi)Danger rating: 8/10
4. Bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas)
5. Eastern brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis)
Danger rating: 7/10
8. Blue-ringed octopus (Genus Hapalochlaena)
9. Coastal taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus)
10.Common death adder (Acanthopis antarticus)
Australia’s worst killers!
- Here in Australia, about 20 people a year die from horse riding accidents.
- Around 10 people per year in Australia die from European Honey Bee stings after going into anaphylactic shock.
- And around 300 people a year drown.
So the best advice I would give anyone about keeping relatively safe in Australia would be don’t worry too much about scary creatures.
It would be more like “swim between the flags” if you are going to take a dip at the beach.
Swim with friends in our rivers, lakes and dams, and keep an eye on the children when near water.
Australian Museum in Sydney