Treating Jellyfish Stings

Jellyfish stings should be at the top of any diver's "list of cautions".

Most jellyfish stings are painful, but the Box Jellyfish, or sea wasp, can kill you!

And if that's not enough, now we need to wonder about the Irukandji

Stinging Mechanism

The stinging mechanism of the jellyfish is extremely efficient. Tiny pockets called "nematocysts" are filled with a complex venom which is a compound of proteins, enzymes, polypeptides and teramine.

When the tentacles come in contact with a victim, the nematocysts act like thousands of syringes and inject their venom into the victim. And that venom acts very quickly.

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