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12 Year Old Girl Survived the Deadly Box Jellyfish Venom

December 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A 12 year old Australian girl has encountered a box jelly fish attack and amazingly survived. Her name is Rachael Shardlow. Rachel and her brother were swimming in Calliope River last December when a box jelly fish wrap around her thigh and injected its deadly venom to her. Her brother quickly get her out the river with the jelly fish still wrapping around thigh. Rachel lost her consciousness and previously complained that she see anything as well as breath. She layed 6 six weeks in the hospital and after which went home for full recovery.

Rachel’s case is somewhat miraculous because a box jellyfish is considered to be one of the most venomous creature in the world. Its tentacle has about 500,000 cnidocytes, harpoon-shaped needles that inject venom into the victim. Most of its victims suffer severe physical and psychological symptoms. It basically hunts preys and sad to say it is nearly invisible.

Zoology professor Jamie Seymour of James Cook University said that he doesn’t know of anyone in the entire literature where he has studied who has had such an extensive sting that has survived.

Box Jellyfish got its name for being box shaped unlike any other typical jellyfish which has cone or crown shape umbrella. Its sting is very fatal to its preys and extremely very painful.

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