The box jellyfish has its name since they are bell shaped or cubed shaped with four sides being very prominent, thus the name box jellyfish. They may be as long as 20 cm on each side of the cube, and have up to 15 tentacles on each corner. These tentacles aren’t actually triggered by any type of touch, rather, this species of jellyfish stings because it senses a presence of a type of chemical on the exterior of the prey.
A box jellyfish is extremely mobile, with their bodies to propel themselves forward at speeds up to 4 knots. These types of jellyfish travel towards the beaches in the calmer weather, and settle around the mouths of Raccoon Control and rivers after the rain. It’s assumed that after a great rain, food is washed down to the jellyfish, and they instinctively realize this.
These jellyfish are also known as sea wasps and marine stingers. Their main habitat is in water off of Northern Australia and in the Indo-Pacific. A box jellyfish has venom that is so deadly, it considered to be one of the worst poisons in the world today. This venom is so powerful that the toxins set about attacking the heart and nervous system, in addition to skin cells. Their venom was designed so that it would instantly paralyze or kill its prey, and so that there was less of a struggle. In this manner, the box jellyfish will look after its delicate tentacles.
If a human is stung by a this jellyfish, it is entirely possible for them to go into shock or even heart failure, drowning before receiving help. The sting is so deadly; help must be received immediately if one expects to survive. The pain is said to be excruciating, and people who do survive experience a lot of pain for weeks to months after being stung. The sting is proportionate to the size of the individual; for instance, a young child needs less of a sting to cause dire consequences than an adult.