Our planet is home to a plethora of lifeforms, from the beautiful and elegant to the bizarre and downright dangerous. In 2011, scientists estimated that there are about 8.7 million different species on Earth, with 6.5 million of these being land-dwellers, and the other 2.2 million residing in our oceans. What’s most surprising about this is that a vast number of the Earth’s species have yet to be discovered.
Delving further into the statistics, scientists tell us that around 10,000 species of animals are discovered per year. While some of the creatures we share the planet with are cute and adorable, a good portion of them are pretty scary too. So, without further ado, let’s get up close and personal with some of our planet’s most dangerous and terrifying creatures.