As a big game hunter, Rainsford was often putting himself up against exotic animals in many different locations.
"The cry was pinched off short as the blood-warm waters of the Caribbean Sea dosed over his head...the wash from the speeding yacht slapped him in the face and the salt water in his open mouth made him gag and strangle."
"Then, as he stepped forward, his foot sank into the ooze. He tried to wrench it back, but the muck sucked viciously at his foot as if it were a giant leech. With a violent effort, he tore his feet loose. He knew where he was now. Death Swamp and its quicksand."