This survival guide would've come in handy to Pi while he was at sea. Even though some of these animals were never encountered, some were. Pi could have understood how to better deal with these dangerous animals.
Looks are deceiving. The model, Runtina Minimus, measures in at a mere 2 feet, 7 inches - despite her otherwise normal appearance. The vending machines behind her are props to provide the illusion of scale. The pack that she is sporting is, in actuality, a small camera bag.