20 February 2012
Box Jellyfish: Nothing Square About It
For many people, water is a source of relaxation and comfort, while others believe that it can be dangerous and deceiving, but often times people do not look at what lives among it. Whether it is a body of fresh water, or a body of salt water, many creatures lurk among the depths of seas, oceans, lakes, and rivers without gaining the attention of human beings. With this, a plethora of sea creatures that tend to remain hidden can harm human beings. People believe that sharks are the deadliest sea creature on the planet, however, this is a false statement. Sharks are most known for their terrifying attacks on humans, but they lack the qualities of a deadly creature. Brute force and sharp teeth can only take this animal so far and many attacks do not result in death. Sharks are vicious and frightening animals, but there is not one creature throughout the Earth’s oceans that is more deadly than the box jellyfish. This aquatic monster has placed fear into the entire world with the lethality it has displayed toward humans.
The box jellyfish, also known as the sea wasp or marine stinger, is a square shaped jellyfish that inhabits the coasts of almost any tropical area in the world, but typically the more dangerous box jellies hover around the tropical Indo-Pacific areas, which is around Australia (“Box Jellyfish”). With tentacles as long as ten meters, this jellyfish could easily wrap itself around someone, which would not be good for that poor soul. They have four subsets of eyes, six in each subset and twenty-four total, which closely resemble human eyes, complete with retinas, corneas, and lenses. Along with all of its anatomical features, the box jellyfish is like all other jellies, in that its sting packs a punch. But the sea wasp has proven to be one of the deadliest and most venomous creatures in the sea. However, the venom is not the only reason for the deaths that these organisms cause. Other reasons factor in to why the marine stinger is the deadliest creature that lives in water, such as its lifestyle and transparency in water, as well as the multiple ways that it can kill a human. There are creatures throughout the world’s supply of water that are considered to be very deadly, but none compare to the sea wasp. The box jellyfish is the deadliest aquatic animal in the world, and this is because of its lifestyle and camouflage in water, multiple ways to cause a death, and the sheer power and effectiveness of its venom.
The box jellyfish proves to be more deadly than any other animals by its complete transparency, swiftness and speed, and the length of its tentacles. Transparent and almost invisible to the human eye in water, box jellies can swiftly move at speeds up to five miles per hour. With tentacles sometimes reaching fifteen feet in length this is simply a death trap to any living creature in the water. While swimming up to those speeds and with tentacles at this length that trail the sea wasp, this creates easy hunting ability for the beast (“Deadliest Creature”). But box jellies are not like normal jellyfish, in a sense that they do not simply just float around in water waiting for something to happen. Sea wasps actively hunt prey, such as small fish and shrimp, but this creates a paradox because they are not necessarily aggressive animals. Because of the extreme camouflage in water, this creature can harm a human being without the person knowing it is there. So with this, how do the abilities of this creature in water compare with other deadly sea creatures? There are a couple of aquatic animals that are almost as lethal as box jellies. Few animals can begin to compare to the lethality of the box jellyfish, but the marble coned snail, and the blue-ringed octopus are both deadly sea creatures that challenge the box jellyfish. The marble coned snail is much smaller than the marine stinger and is different in the fact that it is...