Sting, Stab, Strike

Our ocean's full of animals, of some you should beware. But they won't sting or stab or strike, if you just take some care.

Armed with teeth, tentacles, spines, barbs and harpoons, Australia’s dangerous marine creatures can be very scary. Presented in a fun and friendly way, Sting, Stab, Strike aims to reduce the fear factor by arming kids with their most important defence… knowledge. Featuring lionfish, sharks, crocodiles, stonefish, stingrays, sea snakes, marine stingers, cone shells and the blue-ring octopus, it is the perfect introduction to the topic for young readers.





  • What makes these creatures dangerous?
  • Why have they developed these defences?
  • How do you avoid contact with dangerous marine creatures, and
  • Basic first aid tips for when you don’t!

Surf Life Saving Queensland has produced this range of resources in response to the myriad of questions about dangerous marine creatures our lifesavers and educators are asked daily. Our goal is to increase awareness of the marine environment and help kids safely enjoy a day at the beach.

To learn how to be Crocwise, visit the Department of Environment and Science website.
Report all crocodile sightings on 1300 130 372 even if you’ve reported the animal before.



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Sharks come is a wide variety of shapes and sizes,
but there are some things they all have in common.
The skeleton of a shark is very different from that of
other fish…

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Crocodiles have short limbs and a heavy muscular
body covered with rough scales. They keep growing
all their lives and an adult male can grow up…

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They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but all stingrays have a triangular flat shape body with a tapering
tail that is armed with one or more spines. The stingray’s colours commonly reflect the sea…

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Blue Ring Octopus

The blue-ring octopus is very small, growing to a maximum size of 20 centimetres when its tentacles are stretched
out and weighing only 100 grams. Like all octopuses, it has a soft sack-like body and…

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Cone Shell

The shells of the cone shell are shaped like an ice-cream cone, brightly coloured and intricately patterned.
Inside the shell, is a snail. Parts of the snail that appear outside the shell are its foot used for…

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The lionfish is covered with a stripy pattern which can be red, brown, orange, yellow, black or white. They have
long feathery fins which hide their large poisonous spines…

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Sea Snakes

Sea snakes look like their land-based relatives, but they
have developed some adaptations to their marine life.
The most obvious is a flattened…

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As the name suggests, the stonefish looks like a rock. It is a greenish brown colour and has bumpy skin which
helps it camouflage itself among rocks on reefs. It has 13 grooved spines on its back and is 30 centimetres long…

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