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OOOOH That sounds dangerous.. they are poison aren't they..?
It's the Irukandji jellyfish. http://goaustralia.about.com/cs/practicalinfo/a/irukandji.htm
I think you'll find that doctors were treating the victims thus prolonging their lives beyond the point at which they would have died if no treatment was offered.
The deadly Irukandji jellyfish is related to the more commonly known box jellyfish, about which visitors to the north Queensland coast are warned.From 1883 to late 2005, the box jellyfish accounted for at least 70 recorded deaths.A box jellyfish sting results in pain and welts forming immediately. These signs result in first aid being quickly applied and treatment begun which reduces the imminence of death and must have kept the death toll low.A sting by the Irukandji jellyfish, on the other hand, is often felt as nothing more than a painful irritant with a rash akin to that of prickly heat. By the time more serious symptoms appear, it may be too late to save a life.
Who mentioned them? [!]
Quote from: DoctorBeaver on 20/02/2008 13:50:40Who mentioned them? [!]oooops !!!!.....*bows down to receive appropriate disciplinary castigation* (NOT Castration !!)
Quote from: neilep on 20/02/2008 15:02:49Quote from: DoctorBeaver on 20/02/2008 13:50:40Who mentioned them? [!]oooops !!!!.....*bows down to receive appropriate disciplinary castigation* (NOT Castration !!)You mean Castorization, don't you?
I recall a program recently about the discovery of the events that led to these unexplained nasty stings...I am positive they are the Irukandji that George mentions. The offending item was a particularly tiny box jellyfish..The two main participants of the program did get stung by these little critters, but they pulled through in the end........which is nice !