It's the middle of summer and many of us are experiencing a heat wave, so what better way to cool off than a trip to the beach. Going for a dip in the ocean is a lovely way to spend an afternoon in the dog days of summer, that is unless you encounter any of the terrifying sea creatures that lurk beneath the water.
Personally, I love the beach, but if even so much of a bit of seaweed touches my leg, I am out of there! I can't imagine my reaction if I ever came across a giant shark or an underwater snake! Did I mention I also hate eels? Yeah, those definitely shouldn't exist.
But the chances are you won't actually encounter any of the nasty creatures lurking in the ocean's depths unless you go looking for them. However, just knowing that you're sharing the same body of water with some of the nasty looking animals in the photos below is enough to prevent some people from jumping in.
This scientist recently came inches away from the razor-sharp teeth of a great white shark:
Have a look at the pictures below of what you might be sharing your beach day with. They may make you think twice about going for a dip. Perhaps it would be safer to just crank the air conditioner and watch Jaws on TV.
1. Humans for lunch?
Open wide! Gobble, gobble!
2. Do you think he knows her mantra?
Or is he perhaps also hungry?
3. Help! I think I'm being followed!
Can you imagine just trying to relax on your kayak and then you turn around and see that?! Warning: Shark attack imminent.
4. Do you think the octopus wants to play?
Or is he angry the scuba diver trespassed into his garden? With eight strong arms, there's no way that scuba diver would make it out alive if the octopus was in a bad mood.
5. Surely this isn't real.
But, it really is! This is a lion-maned jellyfish, and the largest one ever discovered had tenticles that were 121.4 foot long! Can you imagine the full body sting from this thing?
Number six literally looks like The Kraken come to life...