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Box Jellyfish (Chironex Fleckeri)

“The tentacles of the box jelly fish, Chironex Fleckeri, are lined with nematocysts – small barbed structures that discharge a toxin-laden sting upon contact with another creature. ”

“A popular myth is that the irritation caused by the jelly’s sting can be alleviated by applying urine to the affected area. In reality, the ammonia in urine aggravates the nematocyst, causing it to inject even more toxin into the wound. ”

“. . . so I guess you’re wondering why I waited until now to tell you all this. . .”

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