What happens when a jellyfish stings you?

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What happens when a jellyfish stings you?
« on: 12/07/2010 12:30:02 »
obaley asked the Naked Scientists:
   
What is actually happening when a jellyfish stings you?

What do you think?
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Offline tangoblue

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What happens when a jellyfish stings you?
« Reply #1 on: 18/07/2010 02:53:12 »
It's kind of the same as a nettle stinging you. a nettle has small hairs that, when touched, harden and inject an irritant. A jellyfish has 'stinging cells'. When you touch them they shoot into you. I'm sure that it's not that simple but thats all i know. Hope it helps.

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What happens when a jellyfish stings you?
« Reply #2 on: 18/07/2010 03:06:03 »
I looked it up because it was annoying me, and the stinging cells are called cnidocytes.