Irukandji - Sands of Oblivion

The irukandji jellyfish lives in the marine waters of Australia, it is only 1 cubic centimetre in size but it’s sting causes “irukandji syndrome” The symptoms: after about 30 minutes you get a severe headache, backache, muscular pains, chest and stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, sweating, anxiety, hypertension, tachycardia and pulmonary edima. If you are not treated immediately you can go into cardiac arrest. Many victims literally feel like they are going to die and beg doctors to kill them to escape the symptoms which can stay with you for up to 30 hours.

Come To Australia - You Might Accidentally Get Killed (Part 9)

*sings the national anthem*

“Australians all let us rejoice, for we are girt by instant death”

And, indeed, Australia is world famous for its beaches, even if the residents of those beachs are a slavering mass of fangs, spines, venom, and nematocysts. Our volunteer lifesavers had an enviable 100-year record of no deaths by drowning where the swimmers stayed between the flags, which was sadly broken by a freak wave in 2011, which swept fifty people out to sea and lead to two deaths - one a heart attack in a 20 year old.

Of course, staying within the flags won’t help you against most of the following. Some sort of armoured submersible might.

The world’s deadliest snail!

Cone shells hunt fish, using modified radular teeth like poisoned harpoons. The poison kills fish instantly, so they can’t swim away, and it’ll finish you off too. The only safe way to pick up a cone shell is to get somebody else to do it.

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Irukandji Jellyfish

There are actually two species of Jellyfish (Carukia barnesi and the recently discovered Malo kingi) - and they are thought to be the most venomous creatures in the world.

Their bite is definitely bigger than their bark - its size is roughly no larger than a cubic centimetre (1 cm³) and yet its venom is very powerful, 100 times as potent as that of a cobra and 1,000 times as potent as that of a tarantula.

The Irukandji are unique from other jellies in two prominent ways: they have stingers on their ‘bell’ as well as their tentacles, and they have the ability to fire stingers from the tips and inject venom.

Irukandji jellyfish were at one time thought to be in the northern waters of Australia only. Since then, according to a National Geographic documentary on jellyfish, the species has been found in waters as far north as the British Isles, Japan, the Florida coast of the United States.

Size matters not.

The irukandji jelly fish is roughly no larger than a cubic centimetre but can kill you with its highly toxic sting. Who would think that they would ever “look up” to a tiny jellyfish o_O not that i wanna kill people or anything…. I may be young…..but i want to matter

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This is the Irukandji jellyfish and it is the most venomous of all jellyfish. They are able to fire their stingers into a victim causing Irukandji Syndrome. The condition is rarely fatal, but if immediate medical action is not taken, within only 20 minutes the victim could go into cardiac arrest and die. To me the most interesting thing about this jellyfish:

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It’s size. Its size is roughly no larger than a cubic centimeter (1 cm3).