irukandji jellyfish

Irukandji JellyfishHave you ever heard of the Irukandji Jellyfish? Don’t feel bad if you haven’t. I had not until this weekend. And now I have a mix of respect and freak-out for this aquatic thingamabob.

Scientists have only known about this particular jellyfish for a few years (1964 to be exact). One reason is it’s head is only the size of a thumbnail and virtually invisible in the water. But the world found out in 2002 when a couple of people were killed (that we know of) by irukandji jellyfish. It only takes a couple days. And if they don’t kill you, the pain can’t be calmed for weeks!

And you know the real freaky thing? Unlike most jellyfish that just float along the currents, Irukandji is a box jellyfish which means it swims, going where it wants, at about the speed of a human swimming!

They live in the waters off Queensland, Australia so I feel rather safe here in Orlando. But they expect a lot more this season in those warm waters.

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