The Irukandji (Carukua barnesi) inhabits Northen Australian waters. This is a deadly jellyfish, which is only 2.5 cenimetres in diameter, which makes
it very hard to spot in the water.
This is a species of jellyfish which has become known about in recent years, due to deaths of swimmers in Australia. In 2002, Richard Jordon was stung
whilst swimming off the coast of Hamilton Island. He was a 58 year old British tourist, unfortunately he died a few days later.
this pic is definately a photoshop. if you open it in an editor and zoom in on the diver you can clearly tell that the divers edges are way more
rough(very pixelated) than the edges of the jelly which are very smooth. i took the liberty of doing an edge detect on it so you guys dont have to.
see how hard the divers edges are? this is because someone pasted a far away pic of a diver over a close-up of a jellyfish. they are not very good
with ps either i might add!
Originally posted by Shadow88
Not exactly huge but this guy is screwed! he looks well scared
Yeah, if you look real close you can see something brown coming out of his shorts.
I saw a show the other day about the Irukandji jellyfish. The thing is like 2cm wide and can kill a person. How in the hell are you supposed to avoid
something like that if you can hardly see it? It's still not safe to go back in the water!
Okay, here's a little something. (Did I just say little?!) This is a pic of a Rhizotoma Octopus, which in reality is a Jellyfish, sometimes called
the Barrel Jellyfish. This particular specimen is 40 cm wide.
There are also records of the Root Mouthed Jellyfish washing ashore with mantles measuring five to seven feet wide. On the high side, these particular
fish are not poisonous.
though capable of attaining a bell diameter of 2.5 metres (8 feet), these jellyfish are highly variable in size; those found in lower latitudes are
much smaller than their far northern counterparts with bells about 50 centimetres (20 inches) in diameter. The tentacles of larger specimens may trail
as long as 30 metres (100 feet) or more. These extremely sticky tentacles are grouped into eight clusters, each cluster containing 65-150 tentacles,
arranged in a series of rows."
never go swimming in australia. ever heard of the box jelly fish? i think thats the common name for the one justdj described at the top of the page.
but i think its poison is the most powerful/deadly of any creature if you were to compare them in the same amounts.
yes Hawker9, the Irukandji is the deadliest and tiniest of the Box jellies.
box jellies are more dangerous, not just because of their potent venom, but also for the fact that they are the only jellyfish with eyes and brains.
plus the fact that they actually swim, not only drift with the current.
I thought that the Chironex Fleckeri (Sea Wasp/Box Jellyfish) was the deadliest jellyfish. One of the deadliest creatures on earth.
That photo of the guy with all the jellies - there are some islands with lakes in the Pacific that have these stingerless freshwater jellyfish!
They're completely harmless and it sounds incredibly fun to swim amoung them.
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