Reddit | IrritatingHint

16 Pics That Prove Nature Is Scary AF

Diply 3 Jul 2018

There's no doubting that, in general and as a mass, humans have a pretty good spot on the food chain. It's when we get out in nature, alone, that our position gets shaky.

Let's face it, nature has it in for us. There are many good reasons to stay on your toes out there — or better yet, just stay inside.

Here are 16 reasons to get you started!

1. Pretty much the only people who would want to find an earthworm like this in their garden are fishermen.

Reddit | gDisasters

Good news if you need bait, bad news if you fear we're getting closer to making Dune a reality. The spice must flow!

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2. Seeing this, Moby Dick makes a lot more sense now.

Reddit | molnix

How much do you want to bet that someone is getting ready to hop in for a swim, none the wiser to what's underneath the boat? Thalassophobia is the word you're looking for: fear of the sea.

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3. Moray eels look like they have a lot of little sharp teeth, but they actually have even more than that.

Reddit | jordannosaurus

If you look closely where the tongue would be, you can see a secondary set of jaws that the moray uses to latch on to prey.

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4. This osprey shows off a pretty impressive feat by grabbing a fish in each claw on the fly.

Reddit | Reddit__PI

The only reassuring thing is how surprised he looks that he pulled it off. Not sure he could do it again if he tried, but I also wouldn't bet against it.

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5. If you don't care much for spiders in your house, you won't want to find this guy in your garden. 

Reddit | Greyhaven7

But then again, what's worse, a spider that can take down a bird, or...

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6. The spider that you don't even see?

Reddit | remorse667

That is some absolutely insane camouflage. Not sure it would even matter how many times you looked before you sat down. No thank you.

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7. Speaking of camouflage: Here's the assassin bug. 

Reddit | IrritatingHint

Assassin bugs are probably the most savage and metal insect you'll ever find — prey they kill will end up stacked on their back in huge piles, used as both camouflage and armor.

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8. Leopard seals have more in common with leopards than just their spots.

Reddit | Mr_Quinn

They're masters of ambush and, unlike other seals, they prefer warm-blooded meals — sometimes even preying on other seals.

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9. Ever wonder if impalas get their name from their ability to impale things?

Reddit | Yamamba78

Well, you're probably safe outside of mating season, but you definitely don't want to get on their bad side.

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10. Why does a picture of one of nature's most beautiful and perfect killing machines become even more amazing with snow?

Reddit | LinerTheAlmoledTitan

Well, I know snow makes me grumpy, so I wouldn't want to cross a grumpy tiger.

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11. For those of us more familiar with the pelicans from cartoons, this is a bit more illuminating.

Reddit | dundundurun

That trademark huge mouth is not cute, especially if you're the fish. I wonder if it's Nemo in there.

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12. Birds of prey in Australia — where else? — have been spotted carrying flaming branches from brush fires to unburned areas and spreading the flames to flush out prey.

Reddit | seerebilfan

Just what we need, hawks that have learned to use fire.

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13. Somebody found this ray washed up on the beach with two clean bites taken out of it. 

Reddit | GallowBoob

So there's something out there with a big, effective mouth that didn't finish its meal. Great.

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14. Speaking of big, effective mouths, the leatherback turtle has some serious business going on.

Reddit | aaronguitarguy

That business, apparently, is a horror show. Pretty sure it's not the thing that got the ray. Not 100% sure, though.

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15. On a smaller scale, there's the lamprey eel. 

Twitter | @EnvAgency

Not quite as nasty as the leatherback, but then, you're also less likely to see one coming. So there's that. You're welcome.

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16. So you've heard about an eagle's talons, but up close, they're the stuff of nightmares.

Reddit | Proteon

This is not the talon of something that lets go easily. In fact, it's the talon of an eagle that can take down animals four times its size.

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