Summer is coming!!!
On summer time a lot of people go to the beach. There are many people from overseas who do not know about the dangerous of the jellyfish. Today we are going to talk about The Box Jellyfish.
They are found in the waters north of Queensland, up around the coast of the Northern Territory and down to Exmouth. They tend to inhabit river mouths and shallow coastal waters and rarely inhabit the Great Barrier Reef islands such as Fitzroy Island, Green Island and Dunk Island.
The jellyfish measures up to 20cms along each box side (or 30 cm in diameter), and the tentacles can grow up to 3 metres in length. Its weight can reach 2 kg. There are about 15 tentacles on each corner, and each tentacle has many thousand stinging cells.The jellyfish is activated by contact with humans. The Box jellyfish is transparent and pale blue, and they can see.
One of the first things you need to do to inactivate the remaining stinging cells is pouring normal vinegar. Only then can the tentacles be removed, otherwise you will cause more venom to be released.
In 2011, researchers at the University of Hawaii announced that they had developed an effective treatment against the stings of Hawaiian box jellyfish.