Marine life is extremely different from that of terrestrial
life. The underwater experience is like no other. Coral reefs
have diversity that is only comparable to the diversity found in
Coral reefs house animals of every shape, size, and color. The
Coral reef has been around for an enormous number of years. Some
of the reefs have been forming for the past 25 million years.
Diving to see this amazing environment is extraordinary because
of all the diversity that you can see in one area.
Some of the animals you may encounter on a dive will be
beautiful, but dangerous. It is a good idea to know what sea
life to watch out for. Don’t be scared just be educated about
what kind of sea life there is and the potential danger that may
arise from it.
Probably, the most widely known animal a diver may encounter is
the shark. The majority of species of shark are harmless, even
though many people have a great fear of them. A diver that comes
face to face with a shark does not have a great chance of being
bitten. The chance of being bitten by a shark is actually very
Sharks are unpredictable creatures even though they don’t
typically attack humans. When a person is attacked, it is
usually at dusk when the visibility is poor. The shark cannot
see very well and thinks the diver is a fish or food.
Eels are another animal a diver may encounter underwater. The
moray eel is the most common eel encountered in temperate waters
by divers. Several species of this eel can be up to ten feet
long. Eels are nocturnal animals roaming the waters at night and
not coming out too much during the day. They typically stay in
their holes during the day. Divers that get bitten are usually
those that pry off an oyster or abalone, and then reach back
into the hole to get it. The eel mistakes the diver’s hand for
food and then bites it.
Electric rays may be encountered on a dive also. They are
animals that have the ability to shock you. This shock is
something that a diver definitely wants to avoid. It’s not going
to kill the diver; it’s just going to be very painful. It’s best
to avoid the electric eel all together.
Jellyfish are another animal to avoid. Jellyfish are
free-floating in the open sea. They drift wherever the water
takes them, and can often come in contact with divers. Depends
on the species, the sting can be mild to severe. Two forms of
jellyfish should be avoided at all costs. Those are the
Portuguese-Man-of-War and the sea wasp. The
Portuguese-Man-of-War’s sting can put a diver in the hospital
for a while, and the sea wasp can kill a diver in less than
either minutes. No jellyfish sting is pleasant, but these two
are by far the most dangerous.
Other animals in the sea that can be potentially dangerous are
the sea urchins, mollusks, sea lions, and others. Diving in the
sea can be an experience like no other, but precautions need to
be taken in it like anywhere else. Divers should learn about
their surroundings before entering the sea and be aware of
potential dangers. The only way to know what to do when
encountering a potentially dangerous animal is to educate
yourself before the situation occurs.