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10 creatures that deliver the most painful stings and bites

By: Bryan Nelson on July 25, 2011, 10:40 a.m.
Stonefish in Spain's Aquarium Finisterrae

Photo: Drow male/Wikimedia Commons

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Not every creature on this list is capable of delivering a painful sting that can kill you, but the stonefish is one of the exceptions. Stonefish are the most venomous fish in the world, delivering often-fatal stings to humans as well. An ancient dance ritual performed by Australian Aborigines is a lesson in the dangers of the stonefish: The dancer displays terrible agony, writhing on the ground until finally succumbing to a death song. Needless to say, this is onefish you don't want to accidentally step on while walking on the beach.