Eight Animals Scarier Than Sharks That Deserve Their Own Week on TV

Shark Week is like the Black Friday of television programming. It comes around once per year and the people who don't shut the fuck up about it on Facebook look completely insane to us normals. Women especially seem to love them some Shark Week. Go ahead and search through your Facebook news feed for mentions of Shark Week, we'll wait. It's at least a 4:1 female-to-male ratio.

Don't let the title of this article deter you, though. Sharks are as scary as "Limbaugh/Beck 2012" posters. But being massive apex predators with razor-sharp regenerative teeth that can smell blood and sense faint electromagnetic fields, they were designed to strike fear the same way Kanye was designed to cockblock acceptance speeches.

We'll take a look at eight animals scarier than sharks, but we'll limit our Australian selections, otherwise this list would be full of Aussie crap fearsome enough to make Satan say a few Hail Marys.

8. Lion's Mane Jellyfish


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right out of Cthulu's nightmares, the Lion's Mane Jellyfish is the

largest known species of jellyfish on the planet. The bell can grow to eight feet in diameter, which put into perspective means you lay out a full

grown man and a midget end-to-end, and the jellyfish is still

potentially a couple of inches bigger (depending on the midget's

hairstyle.) Its tentacles can grow to 98 feet.You could be a third of a

football field away from this thing's head and it can still sting you,

much to the delight of your friends who are what could be called "golden

shower enthusiasts" and believe the myths about how to neutralize

stings with urine.

Luckily, it's really only scary and not deadly as it's not all that harmful to humans. Sure, a jellyfish sting hurts as much as The Green Lantern hurt Warner Bros., but you'll live.

7. Black Widow Spider


duh. This one is scary for two reasons: 1.) It's a spider. 2.) Its venom

can (albeit somewhat rarely) kill adult humans. Luckily, no human in the

U.S. has died from a black widow bite in over 10 years. Spiders are

considered the assholes of the insect world, mostly because they look

like insects yet aren't. The males are smaller and not potent enough to

harm humans, but the crazy venomous females are. In the words of every

black comedian ever, these "bitches be crazy."

6. Star-nosed Mole


setting out to write this article, we thought, "no, there is no

possible way a creature with fur could be freaky." Wrong. Lions are

feared because they'll tear your shit off. Wolves are feared because

they'll gang up around you and eat your baby. But this thing? This thing

is scary due to the fact that for some reason evolution decided to

circumvent itself and give us a mammal with 22 tentacles on its face.

And it's blind.

It won't kill you, it wouldn't even hurt you physically, but it can feed on your soul. Or at least it looks like it can.

5. Anglerfish


the ones that live in the deep sea. These pricks always look pissed as

hell and have these small "I don't really feel like swimming, just

hanging around here to fuck shit up" fins along with extremely long,

extremely sharp teeth

Straight out of the menagerie

of a dethroned god, few deep sea anglerfish have ever been seen alive.

It is said that if you see one, he can grant you a single wish, provided

the wish is, "I wish I had a way to get rid of all this feces in my


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