An Unexpected Surprise

A man fishing from the deck of a tanker ship off of the coast of Australia had an unexpected encounter with one of nature’s most deadly creatures: the irukandji jellyfish.  The small jellyfish, only about 2 centimeters wide, was apparently splashed up nearly twenty five meters onto the deck of the ship and landed on the man who would’ve otherwise had a pleasant time fishing. 

The irukandji is notorious for its sting.  The initial pain from the sting is normally small.  However, anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour later, the toxin takes full effect and the affected person can expect to experience severe shooting pains in their muscles, stomach and chest, nausea, headache and backache.  In severe cases, death is possible if the person goes untreated. 

After the man was stung and had begun to experience intense pain, a rescue helicopter was called to airlift him to a hospital.  When the air crewmen heard how the man came into contact with the jellyfish, despite his height off of the water, they were astonished. 

“Realistically, what are the chances of being stung by a jellyfish when you are safely on board a bulk carrier, 25 metres above the water,” said one of them. 

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