Found in the warm waters in the tropics think the Caribbean , Hawaii , and Indonesia , these beautiful creatures , instantly recognizable for their highly prized brown-and-white marbled shells, can be seen in shallow depths closer to shore, near coral reefs and rock formations, and beneath sandy shoals. If you suffer the unlucky fate of becoming one of the handful of people ever stung, head to the emergency room immediately, as there is no antivenin. The poison dart is a large, diverse group of brightly colored frogs that live mostly in northern South America , of which only a handful of species are particularly dangerous to humans.
But what makes the amphibian especially dangerous is that its poison glands are located beneath its skin, meaning a mere touch will cause trouble. Often found floating or moving at speeds close to five miles per hour in the Indo-Pacific waters north of Australia , these transparent, nearly invisible invertebrates are considered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as the most venomous marine animal in the world.
Their namesake cubic frames contain up to 15 tentacles at the corners, with each growing as much as 10 feet long, all lined with thousands of stinging cells—known as nematocysts—that contain toxins that simultaneously attack the heart, nervous system, and skin cells. While antivenins do exist, the venom is so potent and overwhelming that many human victims, of the hundreds of reported fatal encounters each year, have been known to go into shock and drown or die of heart failure before reaching shore.
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Pufferfish , also known as blowfish, are located in tropical seas around the globe, especially around Japan, China, and the Philippines. Indeed, while wild encounters are certainly dangerous, the risk of death from a puffer fish increases when eating it in countries like Japan , where it is considered a delicacy known as fugu and can only be prepared by trained, licensed chefs—even then, accidental deaths from ingestion occur several times each year.
The tetrodotoxin is up to 1, times more poisonous than that of cyanide, and can cause deadening of the tongue and lips, dizziness, vomiting, arrhythmia, difficulty breathing, muscle paralysis and, if left untreated, death. Though species like the boomslang or the king cobra are dangerous thanks to their respective poisons, the black mamba is especially deadly due to its speed. Found in the savannas and rocky areas of southern and eastern Africa, the species which can grow up to 14 feet long is the fastest of all snakes, slithering at speeds of up to Florida's alligators may be scary, but they have nothing on their cousin, the fearsome crocodile, which is more short-tempered, easily provoked, and aggressive towards anything that crosses its path.
Of all the species in the world, the largest—and most dangerous—is the saltwater crocodile , which inhabits the Indo-Pacific region ranging from parts of India and Vietnam all the way to northern Australia. These ferocious killers can grow up to 23 feet in length and weigh more than a ton, and are known to kill hundreds each year, with crocodiles as a whole responsible for more human fatalities annually than sharks.
While the flies themselves are nasty bloodsucking bugs that usually feed during the peak warm hours, their true terror lies in the protozoan parasites they spread known as Trypanosomes. These microscopic pathogens are the causative agent of African Sleeping Sickness , a disease marked by neurological and meningoencephalitic symptoms including behavioral changes, poor coordination, as well as the disturbances in sleeping cycles that give the illness its name.
It can cause death if left untreated. While there are no vaccines or medications available to prevent infection, methods of protection include wearing neutral-colored clothing the tsetse fly is attracted to bright and dark colors, especially blue , avoiding bushes during the day, and using permethrin-treated gear in more remote areas. Clocking in at just three millimeters at their smallest, the common mosquito , even tinier than the tsetse fly, ranks as the second most dangerous on our list due to the sheer amount of deaths each year attributed to the various pathogens carried by several of the more than 3, species around the world.
Found in every region on the planet except Antarctica , the irritating insects—primarily those from the genera Aedes , Anopheles , and Culex —are the primary vectors of diseases such as malaria, Chikungunya, encephalitis, elephantiasis, yellow fever, dengue fever , West Nile virus, and the Zika virus , which collectively afflict an estimated million and kill roughly , people each year.
As the World Health Organization notes, more than half of the human population is currently at risk from mosquito-borne diseases. Zaroff is only able to partake in his "hobby" because he does not live within a civilization. The ending of the story bears questions about the true nature of Rainsford, who is implied to have killed Zaroff in order to secure his own safety.
By killing Zaroff, he thus took part in the "game" that Zaroff wanted him to play.
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The adaptation by James Ashmore Creelman adds two other principal characters, brother-and-sister pair Eve Trowbridge Fay Wray and Martin Trowbridge Robert Armstrong , who are castaways from a shipwreck. Schoedsack and Irving Pichel ; also with a score by Max Steiner , the film was a favorite project of producer Merian C. The Most Dangerous Game was a modest success. Also in , The Sucker s, tells a sexploitation version of the story, with the hunter using models as his prey. The film, Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity , transports the story to an alien world using scantily clad women as the hunted and a mad scientist, Zed as the Zarkoff character.
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The locale was shifted to s New Orleans, with homeless Vietnam war veterans voluntarily serving in return for potential payment from a shady businessman as human prey. In Surviving the Game , a homeless man is hired as a survival guide for a group of wealthy businessmen on a hunting trip in the mountains. He is unaware that they are killers who hunt humans for sport, and that he is their new prey. Directed by Ernest R. The Pest is a comedic parody of the story, with German huntsman Gustav Shank accidentally bringing Puerto Rican teenage hustler Pestario "Pest" Vargas to his island instead of the skilled man he had intended to hunt, only to decide to hunt the Pest anyway due to his sheer obnoxiousness.
Shank's ambition is to have a head of a warrior of every ethnicity in his Trophy Room. He also rigs the "game" by having his prey unknowingly drink a slow-acting poison before the hunt, making sure that they die even if they escape him. In The Eliminator , seven captured people are hunted at night for sport on an island as a betting game for the wealthy. The Outer Limits episode " The Hunt " is a story in which the hunting of animals has been banned by environmentalists, and black market hunting of obsolete androids takes its place.
In the Gilligan's Island episode "The Hunter", big-game hunter Jonathan Kincaid Rory Calhoun turned his sights on Gilligan when he realized there were no wild animals on the island. In the TV movie "Savages" after a young man accidentally witnesses a murder, he must survive both the desert and being hunted by the killer Andy Griffith.
In the pilot episode of Fantasy Island , a big-game hunter comes to the island to be hunted by a man, an interesting twist on the usual version in which the hunted participates against his will. In this segment Mr. Burns invited much of the cast to his hunting lodge on a private island, only to reveal that he intended to hunt them all for sport.
Another episode makes a reference to "The Most Dangerous Game" when Rainier Wolfcastle says that he bought a YMCA to demolish it and install a hunting ground dedicated to "hunt the most dangerous animal of all In an episode of the animated sitcom American Dad! Stan goes up to the mansion on this island to ask for help, but the inhabitants say that they are going to hunt the family. The Smiths and the young woman become trapped in a cave, where the young woman dies and they eat her to survive. The hunters then break into the cave and shoot the family.
Stan sits up, realizing it is paint. The Incredible Hulk episode "The Snare" has Banner trapped on a private island owned by an insane hunter who not only craves the challenge of hunting humans, but considers the discovery of Banner's powerful Hulk form as a sign of a particularly appealing quarry. In Season 2, Episode 21 of Criminal Minds , "Open Season", two brothers capture people stranded in a remote region of the wilderness outside Challis, Idaho , release them into the hills, and hunt them with compound bows for sport, referring the men as "bucks" and the women as "does".
In Season 13, Episode 15 of Law and Order: SVU , "Hunting Ground", a serial rapist and killer lures female escorts after their date to a remote area where he sets them free while he hunts them down to recapture them again. In a "Dial M for Monkey" segment of the animated series Dexter's Laboratory , the hero Monkey is trapped by an alien big-game hunter named "Huntor", who also makes a cameo among a league of Hunters of "Sumarai Jack" in the Cartoon Network cartoon series Samurai Jack. In Season 1, Episode 15 of Supernatural , "The Benders", a family has been behind disappearances in a city.
The family snatches victims to hunt and kill. Sam and a police officer are taken, but Dean finds them and helps them subdue the family before it can cause them any harm. In Season 7, Episode 12 of Futurama , " 31st Century Fox ", Bender becomes the target of a fox hunting club and is referred to as 'the most dangerous game. In Season 2 Episode 6 of The Blacklist , Elizabeth Keen and her FBI task force encounter a family in Idaho who trained the mother's youngest son to hunt and kill humans kidnapped by the eldest son.
In Season 4, Episode 2 of Game of Thrones , there is a scene in which Ramsay Bolton hunts a woman one of his former lovers. She is cornered by the hunting party and eaten alive by Ramsay's dogs. It is implied that this was not the only time Ramsay indulged in human hunting "for sport. An episode of the animated series Johnny Bravo entitled "Hunted! The titular Johnny is forced to go through the same ordeal, but his stupidity and foolishness greatly frustrates the hunter, who eventually allows him to leave.
In this episode, Prince Morloch is a hunter who has grown bored of hunting animals, saying he's "killed one of every creature that walks this earth". He started hunting Amazons which grabbed the attention of Xena. In season 3 of Wrecked , the plane crash survivors land on another island. In the film Westworld , humans are allowed to hunt and kill androids until one, played by Yul Brynner , starts hunting them.
In the anime series Psycho-Pass , episodes 10 and 11 feature a wealthy cyborg tycoon who dons gentleman's hunting gear and hunts people in an underground maze with his robotic hounds. In the video game Hitman: Contracts , the mission "Beldingford Manor" takes inspiration from this story. In the video game Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc , the character Razoff takes inspiration from General Zaroff, even sharing similar names. In the comic-book story "The Second Most Dangerous Game" serialized in Martian Comics , Martians possess humans to continue their tradition of hunting other humans, after the practice has been outlawed.
Richard Connell is a character. In the online game Poptropica , the five-part Survival Island features the player in a situation much like the one in the original story. At the end of the third episode, the player is rescued by a hunter known as Myron van Buren. The fourth episode revolves around the player in van Buren's cabin, finding out that van Buren plans to hunt them.
In the fifth episode, the player teams up with another victim of van Buren to defeat him by trapping him in a waterwheel. In the video game Psychonauts , Vernon, one of the campers, references to hunting the most dangerous game while playing hide and seek.
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In , The Onion parodied the premise, positing that humans would actually make rather pitiful prey. The Rooster Teeth series "Let's Play Minecraft" featured an adaptation of the story into a game played by the show's cast members in the video game Minecraft , where one player was given a map and hunted by the other five in and around the in-game world created by the Achievement Hunter cast members.
A translated version was published in Malayalam as an audio book by Kathacafe in Robert Hansen , a serial killer who was active in the early s, would kidnap women and release them in Alaska's Knik River Valley. He would then hunt them, armed with a knife and a Ruger Mini rifle. Inspired in part by "The Most Dangerous Game", they created paintball in —a game where they would stalk and hunt each other—to recreate the same adrenaline rush from hunting animals. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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