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Irukandji Jellyfish

Irukandji JellyFish

About Irukandji jellyfish :
The Irukandji Jellyfish scientific name is Carukia barnesi. They inhabits in the waters of Australia. They are very deadly jellyfish. The Irukandji is considered the most venomous creature. The term Irukandji refers to an Australian Aboriginal tribe that lived in the Palm Cove region of northern Queensland. They are the species of jellyfish that has been well known for the past few years, due to the increase in deaths of swimmers in Australia. This deadly jellyfish is related to another deadly jellyfish, named as Meduse Della box. The jellyfish was identified in the year 1964 by Dr. Jack Barnes.

Characteristics :
Irukandji jelly fishes are only 2.6 centimeters including their bell and tentacles. This usually makes difficult for you to spot them. Irukandji has stings not only on their tentacles but also on their bell. Irukandji is very small and delicate. It cannot be kept in an ordinary aquarium because if they hit the side the consequence will be worst.

Habitat :
Like Box Jelly Fish, Irukandji are found mainly in the deep waters of the reef, although they may be swept inshore by prevailing currents in the Ocean. Divers and snorkellers are mainly at risk while, they are a threat to tourists as well.

Diet :
Irukandji jellyfish usually eat small fish, crustaceans and marine invertebrates. They use their potent venom to kill their prey so that it does not run away. Venom is found in their stinging cells called nematocysts. Generally jellyfish have several types of nematocysts. The types of nematocysts are very helpful to identify some species

Irukandji sting :
Irukandji's sting, if they are hurt to humans the pain may not be felt immediately, it brings extreme pain throughout the body and, if itís not treated on time, can result in death. The tentacles are like sticky thin threads and they leave raised red marks on your body. The initial sting is quiet mild but after hours later, following symptoms are seen like vomiting, sweating, headache, rapid heart rate and very high blood pressure. The increase in blood pressure can risk your life followed by abnormal heart beat and heart failure. The symptoms remain for hours to several days. Jellyfish is neurotoxic as they directly attack your nerves and heart and they are dermatonecrotic, which can even destroy your skin. Victims can stop breathing therefore they should be hospitalized immediately.

Facts about Irukandji jelly fish :

  • Irukandji jellyfish are the most fragile creatures in the ocean.
  • In Japan, Korea and China jelly fish,is considered as a delicacy to eat.
  • In the Artic Sea, and Northern Pacific Ocean lives a Jellyfish that can grow up to 130 feet long.
  • Irukandji Jellyfish is considered as the most poisonous species of jellyfish.

Fast Facts :

  • Type: Invertebrate.
  • Diet: Carnivore sea animals.
  • Life span in the wild: 1 year or less than that.
  • Size: 11 ft.
  • Weight: 2kg.
  • Group name: Fluther.
  • Interesting fact: Sea turtles are unaffected by the sting of the Irukandji jellyfish and they feed on them.