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Box Jellyfish - The TRUTH About 2017's Deadliest Jellyfish

there are many creatures on earth that

are considered deadly to humans arguably

the most deadly is other humans coming

in a close second or microbes creatures

we can't even see but cause most deadly

diseases we know all this but what many

people don't know is that the world's

most venomous marine animal thrives and

habitats occupied by humans is

incredibly hard to spot and has enough

venom to kill multiple adults nearly 100

people die each year from injuries

caused by the box jellyfish when

determining how deadly a venomous

creature is you generally want to take

two metrics into consideration number

one how many people can announce a venom

kill number two the length of time it

will take for the person to die after

being bitten or in this case stung when

looking at both metrics the box

jellyfish takes the cake coming in at an

average weight of 4.4 pounds just a

single box jellyfish has the ability to

kill 60 adults there are notable

physical differences between box

jellyfish and other jellyfish species

rather than the usual dome shape we see

with most species the box jellyfish is

shaped more like a boxy umbrella their

design helps them move much more

effectively than any other jellyfish

species from each of their four lower

corners hangs a short stock which bears

one or more hollow tentacles similar to

other jellyfish the tentacles are what

you need to worry about some subspecies

of box jellyfish have tentacles that are

ten feet long while others like the

subspecies Irukandji are small enough to

fit on a quarter the Irukandji are the

smallest most venomous box jellyfish in

the world box jellyfish are one of few

species of jellyfish that have eyes 24

of them to be exact they are able to

distinguish between light and dark and

make it possible for them to find their

prey

where do box jellyfish live box

jellyfish can be found in just about any

warm coastal region various subspecies

can be found in areas of Tropic or

subtropic oceans including the Atlantic

- East Pacific with some subspecies

reaching as far north as California

traditionally box jellyfish are most

common to Australia Hawaii and as of

recently Florida if you're ever

unfortunate enough to find yourself

stung by a box jellyfish you'll know it

symptoms of a sting include excruciating

pain itching rashes and Woltz if left

untreated you'll begin to experience

nausea diarrhea swelling lymph nodes

muscle spasms coma and even sometimes

death once a tentacle of the box

jellyfish attaches itself it then pumps

into Matt assists with venom into the

skin this is what causes the sting in

agonizing pain pouring vinegar onto the

sting area will deactivate the

pneumatosis that have not attached and

prevent further stings once this has

been done the tentacles should be

removed with the glove or towel this

should be done with extreme caution

removing the tentacles could cause

unfired new mattis's to fire causing

more stinging if you plan on swimming in

the ocean and no box jellyfish have been

spotted in the area a great defenses

unexpectedly to wear pantyhose the box

jellyfish stingers are triggered by skin

contact and the pantyhose provide just

enough buffer to potentially save your

life