Box Jellyfish Venom Facts?

When you are stung by a box jellyfish, i understand that you are almost dead.
Their venom is powerful, more than the venom of a snake.
Does the box jellyfish venom harm your organs? How fast will the venom of a box jellyfish kill its victim? Is there an antidote for it?
What are some Box Jellyfish Venom facts?

asked by Wilma in Other - Pets & Animals | 6443 views | 04-27-2010 at 08:47 PM

The box jelly fish is one of the most venomous animals on the planet. Of course it harms your organs. Specifically, your heart and lungs. The venom is neurotoxic, meaning that its venom effects the ability of your nerves to transmit signals to your body. When the the venom starts effecting your heart and lungs breathing will become harder and harder and your heart beat will become weaker and more sporadic.

The infamous box jellyfish developed its frighteningly powerful venom to instantly stun or kill prey, like fish and shrimp, so their struggle to escape wouldn’t damage its delicate tentacles.

Their venom is considered to be among the most deadly in the world, containing toxins that attack the heart, nervous system, and skin cells. It is so overpoweringly painful, human victims have been known to go into shock and drown or die of heart failure before even reaching shore. Survivors can experience considerable pain for weeks and often have significant scarring where the tentacles made contact.

There are different species of box jellyfish. The most infamous is the deadliest jellyfish in the world, the Australian Sea Wasp.

Box Jellyfish Venom

Different humans react differently to the venom - like with all things. But the average person will die after 3 minutes of having the Box Jellyfish venom. It is the most venomous creature in the world.

The venom discharged via the nematocysts of these lethal box jellyfish is cardio and neurotoxic and it is the toxin that will kill, and not the misconception of an allergic reaction or anaphylactic shock. Allergy has absolutely nothing to do with it and death in this manner is unheard of.

You have virtually no chance of surviving the venomous sting, unless treated immediately. The pain is so excruciating and overwhelming that you would most likely go into shock and drown before reaching the shore.

Box Jellyfish Facts

* Box jellyfish belong to the class Cubozoa, and are not a true jellyfish (Scyphozoa), although they show many similar characteristics.
* The bell or cube shaped jellyfish has four distinct sides, hence the box in the name.
* When people talk about the extremely dangerous Australian box jellyfish they refer to the species Chironex fleckeri. This is the largest box jellyfish species.
* The other species that is known to have caused deaths is Carukia barnesi, commonly called Irukandji. This one is a tiny jellyfish, only about thumbnail size. I talk about Irukandji here.
* There are other species and not all are poisonous.
* A fully grown box jellyfish has a respectable size: it measures up to 20cm along each box side (or 30 cm in diameter), and the tentacles can grow up to 3 metres in length. Its weight can reach 2 kg.

answered by Max_ | 04-27-2010 at 08:54 PM

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