40 Australian Creatures You Never Thought Existed

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Stonefish (Synanceia)

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Not only is this the most venomous fish in the world, it is also perhaps the hardest to spot. Burrowing into the sand, most issues with a stonefish occur when they are trodden on. As pressure is applied to the stonefish’s spine, it raises a spike that injects venom. As well as being fatal to humans, this venom is also known to deliver one of the most painful stings imaginable.

So much so that an entire Aboriginal story is told through dance about the sting of the stonefish. The victim writhes around in agony on the ground until finally succumbing to his death song. Need we say more?

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