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Posted by bio_man   March 29, 2017   9193 views

Chironex fleckeri, commonly known as sea wasp, is a species of deadly venomous box jellyfish found in coastal waters from northern Australia to the Philippines. It has been described as the most lethal jellyfish in the world, with at least 63 known deaths in Australia from 1884 to 1996.

Notorious for its sting, C. fleckeri has tentacles up to 3 m (9.8 ft) long covered with millions of cnidocytes which, on contact, release microscopic darts delivering an extremely powerful venom. Being stung commonly results in excruciating pain, and if the sting area is significant, an untreated victim may die in two to five minutes! The amount of venom in one animal is said to be enough to kill 60 adult humans (although most stings are mild).

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That's why I won't swim in the ocean.
Posted on Mar 29, 2017 by ppk
It's amazing how they are so beautiful yet so dangerous
Posted on Apr 3, 2017 by cloveb
In both cases the great prize champ and world-record holder is the animal known as the ocean wasp, or marine stinger. The venom from a solitary animal can execute up to 60 grown-ups! More than 100 individuals have been murdered by the stings from a Chironex fleckeri and numerous more have been stung, however lived. Get stung seriously enough by one and you could be dead inside four minutes.

Posted on May 12, 2017 by jessicasbac
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