The Philippines is popular for its marine biology and it is a well-known fact that its surrounding oceans inhabited by thousands and thousands more of aquatic species than elsewhere in the world. For this, the archipelago has become a top tourist destination for beach lovers, most especially to divers who wish to witness an amazing aquatic environment. Lurking beneath the majestic, blue waters of Philippines, though, is the most venomous fish and one of the deadliest species in the world. This simply proves that the biggest creature underwater is not necessarily the largest threat.
The stonefish is known as the master of camouflage. It blends perfectly with its surroundings and this is all because of its brown or grey skin with red or yellow patches, making it look like it’s a part of the coral reef. It can also look like an ordinary stone, so you have to wear your wet shoes to be protected from these deceiving creatures.
If sharks and sting rays scare you, you might want to be more careful around this smaller fish.
This fish grows to a length of only up to 20 inches and can weigh up to five pounds. It is armored with 13 sharp dorsal fin spines, with each containing two venom glands that release some toxins made of proteins when the fish is disturbed or stepped on. This substance is so potent that it can kill its victim in just less than an hour – depending on how deep the penetration is.
The stonefish is highly venomous that it can kill you in less than an hour.
There were already multiple deaths recorded caused by the stonefish. People who accidentally step on them will immediately suffer excruciating pain and their limbs start to swell. As the toxin flows through the veins, the vascular system of the victim gets affected too and in just a short knick of time, one could die due to lack of oxygen in the brain.
And if you think that you should only be cautious when you step into the waters, then you are wrong. The stonefish is an incredibly unique aquatic creature as it can survive for 24 hours outside the water. So when you go to the shores of Australia or the beaches in the Philippines or anywhere else in the Indo-Pacific region, you better see to it that you are indeed stepping on stones and not on the killer stonefish.
But even if it is dangerous, it is still used as one of the most priced and perfect ingredient for Sashimis.
There’s something surprising though about the stonefish. While it has this bad reputation, it is actually being used as a special ingredient in savory delicacies. Chef Guy Turland of the docu-series that explores the stories behind people who literally risk their lives to put delicious food on our plate, “Food to Die For,” explored the Marinduque Island of the Philippines to find the most dangerous but one of the most priced ingredients in the world.
Chef guy explains how beyond those venomous spikes lie the unique, sweet flesh that’s often prepared for yummy delicacies. He and a team of local fishermen went offshore and went for a dive of up to 50 meters deep to try to catch some stonefish.
Stonefish, in the Philippines, is served in one of the most popular and pricey Japanese restaurants in the country. Of course, Chef Guy tried the food served by the Kitsho Restaurant, where the stonefish is cautiously prepared, removing the toxins, before it’s sliced into thin Sashimi strips.
Watch the episode below and see Chef Guy indulging to his dangerous meal made out of the dangerous stonefish.
Villagers Save Pregnant Cow From A Hungry Giant Anaconda
These humans just showed this giant anaconda that it shouldn’t mess with their pregnant livestock.
Infuriated humans unleashed revenge on a giant anaconda that was trying to feed on a pregnant cow at a muddy swamp. While the predator was trying to squeeze the life out of its prey, these humans tried to play superheroes to scare the anaconda away.
A hungry 13-foot anaconda found a perfect prey on a pregnant cow having its good day time bath at a swamp in Venezuela. Having gotten the chance, the giant snake quickly wrapped its body onto the cow and started squeezing it to death.
This giant anaconda probably thought it found its best meal for the day.
Around nine people though intervened the food chain and decided to fight the anaconda to save the pitiful pregnant cow. The bout was recorded in a video and was posted on Youtube last year, gaining over 11 million views. Some commenters were worried that the snake will come back after the humans and other expletive ladened comments expressed empathy to the snake that was only trying to “satisfy its hunger.”...
Wealthy Brits Install Spikes On Trees To Stop Birds From Pooping On Their Luxury Cars
To some people, material things are just more important than the life of innocent animals.
Some trees in an elite neighborhood in Bristol, England were installed with “anti-bird” spikes by wealthy residents to protect their pricey cars from bird droppings. This has, however, enraged other residents and environmentalists as these well-off people are denying birds of their habitat.
Spikes used to prevent birds from nesting on building ledges over public sidewalks in Bristol were reportedly installed on two trees planted in an exclusive Clifton area of the city. The area is also situated near the wildlife-rich regions, Downs and the Avon gorge, making locals and environmentalists enraged. In fact, one Twitter user condemned the spike installation, and calling it a “war on wildlife.” Furthermore, a local Green Party councilor described the trees “uninhabitable to birds.”
People were guessing what these spikes are for. Apparently, they were nailed there to shoo away birds from nesting on the trees.
Although this has sparked indignation, the Bristol City council spokesperson said they don’t have the power to stop the residents from nailing spikes on trees. This follows the fact that the trees in question were planted on their private properties and were already installed for years now....
Photographer Shares Heartbreaking Photos of Animals in Danger of Extinction
Unfortunately, these fascinating creatures are struggling to survive.
Some of us may think endangered animals are already a thing of the past. This is definitely not the case, according to experts, as many creatures are still in danger of extinction to this very day.
Take it from British photographer Tim Flach who spent two years of his life taking pictures of animals that may soon be endangered. Aptly-entitled “Endangered”, his project shows us the beauty and sadness of seeing animals in their natural habitats.
The photos have since received a lot of attention online and it has even been featured by several websites, including Bored Panda. As the website tells us, Endangered is comprised of everything “from species we’re all familiar with (polar bear, snow leopard, cheetah) to exotic beasts we’d only imagine in fantasy films (saiga, Philippine Eagle, olm, salamander).”
Needless to say, Flach’s images definitely shed some “light on the unique challenges each animal faces in order to survive.” The sad reality is that many of these amazing creatures are in constant danger of hunting, poaching, and being sold in the black market. ...