Which animal do you think possesses the most powerful bite? Is it the Lion, Hyena, Snapping Turtle? Or maybe is something smaller like a piranha. The answer, may surprise you. There’s a famous proverb that says the “big fish eats the little fish,” and if one takes a closer look at how nature works, one will see that this is not far from the truth. This is especially true in the animal kingdom where most animals survive by employing a wider range of tactics and evolutionary traits. As you have probably guessed by now, a powerful bite force is one of the many traits that help animals not only in their quest for food, but also in their battle for protection. For that reason, today we’ll rank the most “accomplished” members of the animal kingdom based on what else? Their bite force. From the beautiful Siberian tiger to the intimidating Polar bear, these are 25 most powerful bites in the animal kingdom you definitely want to avoid.
Killer Whale, PSI: 19,000 ~ Unknown
So far it has been impossible to measure the bite force of a killer whale with accuracy. However, based on captive killer whale incidents it’s estimated that their bite force could exceed 19,000 PSI. Since this is mere speculation, the killer whale, for now, comes in on #25 as a special mention.
Piranha, PSI: Unknown
In boxing terms the black piranha would be the absolute “pound for pound” king of the animal kingdom when it comes to bite force. The piranha is able to exert a force of up to thirty times its body weight, a feat that is unheard of in the animal kingdom. However, its exact bite force hasn’t been measured.
Leopard, PSI: 300–310
The leopard is one of the five “big cats” in the genus Panthera and can be found in many parts of the world such as certain areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, West Asia, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and even Siberia. Known for its great athleticism and speed the leopards’ bite is something you definitely want to avoid.
Tiger Shark, PSI: 325
This sea beast might be one of the most deadly predators of the oceans and definitely looks very intimidating but its psi bite force is only 325.
African Wild Dog, PSI: 340
The African wild dog is a canid native to Sub-Saharan Africa and is considered the largest of its family in Africa. Don’t let it’s cute appearance deceive you, in terms of bite force, it competes with cougars.