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We’ve all heard tales of Sharks and Whales in school, so it’s easy to assume they’re super strong. But, what are the strongest sea animals?
There are hundreds of sea creatures. From predators with brute power that eat whatever comes their way to smaller creatures good at protecting themselves. Others are too large to be attacked.
For instance, the Blue Whale has no natural predator because of its size. But, Orcas attack the Blue Whale.
Does that make them the strongest? Not necessarily.
What then should the strongest sea animal look like? We’ll consider bite force, attack skills, size, and other relevant facts.
Let’s get started!
Top 11 Strongest Sea Animals in the World
- Saltwater Crocodiles
- Blue Whales
- Great White Sharks
- Killer Whales
- Great Barracudas
- Sperm Whales
- Tiger Sharks
- Bull Sharks
- Blue-Ringed Octopus
- Giant Squids
Scientific Name: Crocodylus porosus
Type of Animal: Reptile
The Saltwater Crocodile is a specie of large freshwater and brackish crocodylian found in suitable habitats throughout coastal northern Australia, Asia, and India. Even though they do not live permanently in the sea, saltwater crocodiles are often seen in ocean habitats, sometimes even for a few weeks at a time.
The aggressive predator can grow to 23 feet and weigh 2,200 pounds, the largest in the crocodile family.
In the water, they can travel short distances at rates of up to 18 mph, but on land, they move slower. Saltwater Crocodiles will swim over enormous oceanic swaths to explore new areas.
When hunting, these reptiles use an ambush technique, in which they sneak up on their prey (basically anything they can get their teeth on) before closing their jaws over it.
In addition, Saltwater Crocodiles have a bite strength of 3,700 psi, which puts them in the place of the second strongest sea animal by bite force.
That kind of force can crush a human skull like a balloon!
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Scientific Name: Balaenoptera musculus
Type of Animal: Marine Mammal
The next on our list of most powerful sea creatures are the largest sea animals on the planet – Blue Whales. Out of all blue whale subspecies, the Antarctic blue whales are the biggest.
These giants may grow up to 98 feet long in the North Atlantic and North Pacific, while they can grow about 110 feet long in the Antarctic.
An adult Blue Whale weighs between 350,000 and 400,000 pounds, about the weight of 33 elephants! As a result of its colossal size, it has no natural predators.
When hunting food, the blue whale swims toward a group of krills and swallows them in large numbers. It then pushes the food to its throat plates and secures the food in its baleen plates.
Blue Whales swim at a speed of around 5 miles per hour while feeding but are capable of short bursts of more than 20 miles per hour.
They can produce a loud sound up to 188 dB, which can damage human hearing. One whale can hear the sound of another from 1,600 kilometers distance.
Luckily, blue whales are not dangerous to humans, as they do not see us as their prey.
Considering sheer strength, blue whales are the strongest sea animals in the world.
Great White Sharks
Scientific Name: Carcharodon carcharias
Type of Animal: Fish
The White Shark is a well-known aggressive ocean predator with a physique that is incredibly strong and is capable of pursuing some of the ocean’s fastest swimmers. It has no natural predators other than orcas.
However, they do not attack humans intentionally. White sharks have a sight problem; they may mistake humans for prey. Attacks by great white sharks on people are uncommon, and it is even more unusual for one of these attacks to be deadly.
The female White Shark weighs between 4,200 – 5,000 pounds and measures up to 16 ft. While its body shape might suggest that it is a slow swimmer, the great white can reach speeds of up to 25 mph, enabling them to catch prey even at far distances.
It’s way faster than most animals in the ocean, and its attack is equally fierce. They have 300 triangular, serrated teeth organized in rows and replaced regularly throughout their lifetimes.
The White Shark’s bite strength of 4,000 PSI, the strongest of any living organism. With their large teeth and powerful jaw muscles, great white sharks can easily slice prey in half.
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Scientific Name: Orcinus orca
Type of Animal: Marine Mammal
Killer Whales are the largest member of the dolphin family. They are also known as orcas and live in every world’s oceans. Orcas can survive practically everywhere, from close to the equator to the coldest northern seas, and traverse great distances.
These powerful aquatic predators can grow up to 30 feet long and weigh 6,600 – 8,800 pounds.
Killer Whales travel in groups called pods, consisting of members of the same family. It ranges from 10 to 50 individuals, depending on the species of whale.
Orcas have unusual teeth that may reach four inches and often have between 40 and 56 teeth. It cannot chew prey whole; instead, it shreds it into little pieces before chewing it.
Killer whales attack sharks, sea lions, and even blue whales but have no natural predators owing to their size and speed (30 miles per hour). Their bite force, however, remains unknown.
Scientific Name: Sphyraena barracuda
Type of Animal: Fish
Great Barracudas are found throughout the world’s tropical and subtropical oceans. Still, they spend most of their time in shallow coastal waters to depths of about 600 feet. It is common in the western Atlantic Ocean.
Adult Barracudas can grow over 5 feet tall and over 50 pounds, but the largest specimen ever captured was 6.6 feet long and weighed more than 100 pounds.
They have two sets of teeth. The inner set – used for piercing, and the outside row of tiny, razor-sharp teeth for ripping.
With a bite strength of 60-70 newtons, the sea beast can rip prey apart in a wink. The Barracuda can seal its mouth almost completely because its long, needle-like teeth fit into the gaps in the opposite jaw.
When chasing prey, they split the larger prey in half and devour the smaller part first. They’re not as fast as the white shark, so they rely on sight to attack.
Scientific Name: Physeter macrocephalus
Type of Animal: Marine Mammal
Sperm Whales possess the largest brains on Earth. Because they are mammals, sperm whales must hold their breath when they dive into the ocean searching for food. They’re fast swimmers, noted for deep dives of 3,000 feet below the surface.
Sperm Whales can grow up to 52 feet long and weigh up to 31,000 pounds. That’s about the weight of 8 hippopotamuses!
One would have thought they’d prey on large animals, but no, Sperm Whales eat squids. They hunt for squid by flipping over and creating a vacuum that can lift a squid from a distance of up to three feet away.
Many Squid species are an easy target for the enormous Whales and their vacuum mouths. However, species like the Giant Squid are just large enough to defend themselves.
The strength of the Giant Squid has been demonstrated by numerous notable instances of Sperm Whales engaging in combat with them.
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Scientific Name: Galeocerdo cuvier
Type of Animal: Fish
Tiger Sharks are the largest of the Requiem Sharks, growing up to 25 feet long. They rank among the world’s deadliest sea predators.
These sharks come second to the Great White Shark in recorded fatal attacks on humans. Moreover, they are the second-largest predatory shark species.
Tiger Sharks typically weigh around 1,450 pounds and can reach lengths of over 13 feet.
They possess mighty jaws and very sharp teeth. Combined with a 325 PSI bite force, these sea carnivores can cut through flesh, bone, and other hard materials like turtle shells.
Like most Sharks, they undergo continuous tooth replacement as they age by growing rows of new teeth.
Talk about an undeveloped palate: stingrays, seals, birds, and even old car tires have been found in the stomach of tiger sharks. They usually eat smaller prey whole but gradually finish large ones over time.
Scientific Name: Carcharhinus leucas
Type of Animal: Fish
The Bull Shark is a specie of Requiem Shark well known for its ferocious nature. They can reach lengths of 11.5 feet and weigh 210 to 230 pounds.
Bull Sharks are considered the most dangerous shark species to humans, which is bad news for people living along the coast, where they prefer shallow water.
These sharks don’t mind freshwater as their relatives; they have even been discovered halfway up the Amazon River. Bulls Sharks eat anything they can hunt down, including other sharks.
However, their typical diet includes birds, fish, turtles, and other aquatic organisms. They frequent areas of the water where people go, but they naturally do not prey on humans.
Bull Sharks can bite more forcefully than other giant sharks, including the Great White Shark, and the tiger shark, despite being smaller. The sea beast can produce a bite force of 1,350 PSI. They bite and tackle prey until they’re too weak to escape.
Although the Bull Shark hunts alone, it occasionally pairs up with another individual to make snatching and deceiving victims easier.
Scientific Name: Copepoda
Type of Animal: Crustaceans
Copepods are a group of small crustaceans between 1 to 2 mm long. They are abundant in the sea, freshwater lakes, and ponds.
Copepods are the fastest animals in the world (in relevance to body size), with a maximum movement speed of about 1.5 feet per second. How come something so tiny made the list of strongest sea animals?
These sea animals are over ten times more powerful than any other species on the planet, thanks to their extraordinary strength owing to their size. Some of the species live in the sea’s plankton, while others live on the ocean’s floor.
Even though the Copepod is blind and so tiny that the water feels like thick syrup, it has figured out how to solve the engineering challenge of fleeing from predators quickly and effectively.
Scientific Name: Hapalochlaena lunulata
Type of Animal: Mollusk
The Blue-Ringed Octopus is a small, venomous, and highly dangerous sea creature living in the Ocean’s coral reefs. You can identify the animal by its body’s blue and black rings.
Interestingly when the Blue-Ringed Octopus feels threatened, it dramatically changes its colors to warn the intruder.
Blue-Ringed Octopus is among the most poisonous aquatic animals in the world. All Octopuses are toxic, but the Blue-Ringed species stand out among them (Cuttlefish and some Squid).
This golf-ball-sized (4.5 to 8 inches) powerhouse has 1,000 times more potent venom than cyanide and can kill 26 people in minutes. If you provoke it, it’ll bite and release its venom.
The venom freezes nerve signals and prevents them from traveling throughout the body, which causes muscles to be numb. Other symptoms include nausea, loss of vision, and loss of sensory and motor skills.
Ultimately, it causes muscles to paralyze, which results in respiratory arrest.
Scientific Name: Architeuthis dux
Type of Animal: Cephalopods
The Giant Squid is the largest invertebrate in the world’s oceans. It can grow to 43 feet and weigh 600 pounds. However, the largest even found measured 59 feet in length with a weight of almost 2,000 pounds.
The giant squid has eight arms and two tentacles to move through the water. The body is covered with skin made up of tiny fibers that contain pigments called chromatophores.
These colors help camouflage them from predators. Giant squid also has photophores, light-producing organs that help them blend into the dark ocean depths at night and give them beautiful patterns during the day.
An interesting fact about these immense water creatures is that they have eyes about 15 inches in diameter!
Unfortunately, the Giant Squid is elusive and challenging to study since they stay in the deep. Most of the information we have on them comes from dead Squids washed ashore.
Although Giant Squids have been discovered on beaches worldwide, it is still unclear how far they can swim or what their homes are.
There you have it; with this, we conclude our list of the strongest sea animals in the world.
There are some real shockers regarding the strength of sea creatures. From the tiniest Copepod to the largest Blue Whales – nature truly is a wonder.
Thank you for reading. Hopefully, the article was informative and interesting to read.
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