Wednesday November 2, 2016
Aren’t some animals just so fascinating? We have all been there, gazing in awe at the immense beauty or movement of an animal. In this blog, we will be uncovering some of the world’s deadliest, and some of the most odd-looking creatures.
The Irukandji Jellyfish (Carukia barnesi)
If you head to the land down under, which is full of dangerous prehistoric animals and creepy crawlies, make sure to check with the lifeguards that the sea is clear of Irukandji Jellyfish. Almost invisible to the eye, these jellyfish have a total diameter of 2.5cm, including their tentacles and bell.
If you get stung by one of these, you may get Irukandji syndrome. Basically, the venom of these jellyfish is so strong that if it is not treated right away, can lead to cardiac arrest and death.
No wonder these jellyfish are recognised as being one of the world’s deadliest animals.
Remember, don’t enter the water if you are unsure, and wear stinger suits as often as you can.
This odd-looking species of monkey, infamous for its long protruding nose, lives on the island of Borneo. Researchers who have spent years studying these creatures, believe that their nose is used to amplify mating calls in order to attract females.
What is also fascinating about this species, is that they are fantastic swimmers, often being able to out-swim crocodiles, a main predator of these monkeys. This has been possible through evolution, where their feet and hands have become webbed.
Fun Fact: The Proboscis Monkey can only eat unripe fruit. If they were to eat fruit that is ripe, they can die, due to the sugars caused by fermenting, when the ripe fruit is in their stomach.
Sadly, this species of monkey has been identified as endangered, due to the large scale deforestation which has made its way to the jungles of Borneo.
Cheetahs are one of the most striking species of big cat, with big golden eyes and unparalleled senses, making it a perfect predator. In the space of approximately 3 seconds, this big cat can go from 0 to 60 mph!
The cheetah’s spotty coat is used almost as a camouflage when they are in tall grasses, allowing this cat to sneak up on its prey. The young cubs follow their mum for a year, where they learn key hunting techniques to prepare them for when they part ways.
Again, due to human interference causing a loss of land and food sources, the cheetah is in danger of becoming extinct. Land owners in Africa are killing Cheetahs, as these animals are eating their livestock, due to a lack of food in the wild.
Aedes Aegypti Mosquito
This flying insect is one of the world’s most dangerous, as it causes the greatest numbers of human deaths every year. The female of this species of mosquito can transmit a range of mosquito-borne diseases to humans, including Chikungunya, Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever and the Zika Virus.
These mosquitoes will happily bite throughout the day; however peak times of activity are known to be early morning.
Aedes Aegypti Mosquito
It is crucial that you are aware of the level of risk from mosquitoes for the country you are visiting. Take a look at our ‘Your Trip Planner’, for the latest travel health advice and a recommended kit list!
For the ultimate day time protection, try our Trek Ultra DEET spray containing 30% micro-encapsulated DEET. The reason behind our chemists using micro-encapsulation technology is to provide you with longer protection, over the period of wear. Trek Ultra can provide up to 12 hours of protection from mosquito bites, from a single application.
Trek Ultra Mosquito Repellent
For further information on the appropriate application of our mosquito repellent sprays, visit our How to Guide.
For bite prevention at night, use an impregnated mosquito net. We have a wide range of mosquito nets to suit a variety of needs and accommodation. If you are unsure of what net to purchase, have a look at our ‘Choosing a Mosquito Net’ How to Guide and infographic to help you pick the right net for your trip.
When thinking about essential items to pack for trips away, remember to include travel hygiene products, for example our Hysan Hand Gel which kills 99.99% of germs within 30 seconds!
May we remind you also, not to pet any wild animals while on holiday, and always check at zoos or wildlife parks if the animals are okay to pet and have been vaccinated. This is because animals can spread rabies and other diseases to humans, via scratches or bites.