Have you ever heard of a deadly jellyfish that claims the lives of a number of people yearly? The box jellyfish is a deadly, transparent jellyfish that lives in a deeper parts of the ocean. It has rapid spreading venom, causing multiple deaths fast.
The box jellyfish is a carnivore living in Australia. Based on an article on Boxjellyfish.org, the box jellyfish lives about 35 meters deep in the ocean. Some of the foods that the jellyfish eats are shrimp, fish, crustaceans, worms, and other small animals as well as other jellyfish. To catch their prey, they will use their tentacles and then paralyze them with their toxic venom. Their life span is from seven months to a couple of years. A box jellyfish’s body grows up to 20 cm while their tentacles can grow up to three meters.
There are many things a box jellyfish’s venom does. According to nationalgeographic.com, “The box jellyfish is the most toxic animal on Earth.” It can kill within minutes of the tentacle striking the skin. The best thing you can do is to seek medical attention right away. However, the site also states that most die of shock, heart failure, or drowning before getting to the shore. The venom penetrates and attacks the heart, nervous system, and skin cells. Due to this, it is best to stay away from them. You can identify them by their blue, transparent, box-shaped body.
In conclusion, the potent venom of the box jellyfish is incredibly deadly. The jellyfish may be unique, but it is best to stay away from it.
By: Alex Arevalo
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