Mighty Mite!

– – It’s about the size of a peanut, but its sting can kill you…the Irukandji jellyfish, that is.– Well, it seems that a 29-year-old Australian man was in the waters Thursday off northeast Queensland state, and as a precaution was wearing a full-length “stinger suit,” which protects everything but the hands, face, and feet.   Naturally, the jellyfish immediately stung him in the face! A relative of the widely-feared box jellyfish, the sting of the Irukandji can kill an adult within two minutes, is virtually impossible to see, and is tiny enough to pass through nets meant to keep jellyfish away from popular swimming spots.

There is no antivenom, and the sting can cause blood pressure to soar to 280 over 180, leading to heart failure.   Other symptoms of “Irukandji syndrome” include shooting pains in the muscles and chest, vomiting, restlessness, and anxiety.   Symptoms can last for more than a week.

The swimmer is in serious condition at a hospital intensive care unit…



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4 Comments on “Mighty Mite!”

  1. carycomic Says:

    Yep! That sounds exactly like the species nicknamed “the sea wasp.”

  2. carycomic Says:

    Especially, if the scientific name is Carybdea alatea.


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