Irukandji Jellyfish – Very Tiny & Very Dangerous

Irukandji jellyfish are tiny Jellyfish that are very venomous. They are barely visible have a deadly sting. Proof that size doesn’t matter when it comes to deadly creatures.

As it turns out, there seems to be yet another “dangerous creature” to be on the lookout for. These jellyfish are part of the box jellyfish family. However, although they only grow to a very small adult size of about 1 or 2 cubic centimeters, they do have very venomous tentacles that can be as long as 3 ft.

Irukandji jellyfish stings

The symptoms of an Irukandji jellyfish sting are not immediate and may appear 5 to 45 minutes after the initial sting.

Signs and symptoms can include:
• severe backache or headache
• shooting pains in their muscles, chest and abdomen
• nausea
• anxiety
• restlessness
• vomiting
• breathing difficulties

H/T – ambulance.qld.gov.au

The Irukandji jellyfish primarily inhabit the northern waters of Australia. However, they aren’t exclusive to Australia. Irukandji jellyfish are reported to have been observed in Europe, Southeast Asia, South America, Hawaii and the Florida Keys.

Watch the following clip below for more details and a look at what is being done to manage the potential problems caused by these tiny jellyfish.

“The Irukandji jellyfish: Hunting one of the most dangerous creatures on Earth | 60 Minutes Australia” – YouTube video by 60 Minutes Australia

There seems to be a lot of controversy about the danger posed by these tiny jellyfish. As indicated in the clip below their presence is a major deterrent for tourism and thus revenue in very popular tourist destinations.

As of now, much is yet to be discovered about this tiny species of jellyfish as well as the number of fatalities cause by them.

Watch the video below for more details about the Irukandji jellyfish

“Itsy Bitsy Adorable Death | Nat Geo Wild” – YouTube video by Nat Geo World

Honestly, we don’t need another thing to worry about. However, facts are facts and its always good to keep in the know.

Images Source: YouTube Clips ,2

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