Aaah, the sound of summer. You’re swimming, minding your own business, when all of a sudden you hear: “Aaaaaah, brama”, and attempt to swim to the shore, at the speed of sound, before the little booger gets to you.
I think we can collectively agree, as a nation that enjoys a fair amount of sea during the summer season, that being stung by a jellyfish is one of the worst things that can happen to you while you’re swimming.
And at this point, we’ve gotten used to the kind of jellyfish we typically find within our shores, but since 2020 doesn’t seem to want to quit – one of the deadliest jellyfish out there has been spotted right within our shores.
The Box Jellyfish has been quoted by many as having a sting so severe that it “can cause severe hypertension, extreme lower back pain, nausea, cardiac and respiratory arrest. It can also cause fatalities.”
And apparently, it has now been spotted in Malta. Just when you think 2020 can’t get worse huh?
Good luck running away from that!
Riva Fenech has shared footage of the box jellyfish, and it took us a minute to figure out what exactly we were looking at. It seems normal at first, but those tentacles are anything but.
Much within the name, you’ll be able to spot the jellyfish because it floats around the sea in the shape of a box, and its tentacles are huge.
But before you get your panties all up in a bunch and start endless streams of panic, the internet does say that of the 50 or so species of box jellyfish, only a few have venom that can be lethal to humans.
The lethal varieties are found primarily in the Indo-Pacific region and northern Australia… so technically speaking, we should be safe … thing is, with the surprises this year has been throwing at us, we just don’t know what to expect.
Let’s just say, it’s better not to get any innovative ideas and try to catch the “not-so-little” bugger. They are pretty fast though, so keep an eye out.