Box jellyfish: Australian teenager fatally stung on Queensland beach

James Marshall
Марта 4, 2021

An Australian teenager has died after a suspected box jellyfish sting, authorities said Thursday, in a rare case believed to be the country's first such death in 15 years.

The 17-year-old boy's life support was switched off in hospital on Monday, about a week after the incident, Queensland Police said.

The boy was then airlifted by the Royal Flying Doctor's Service to Townsville Hospital's intensive care unit.

Coastal communities typically have signs warning people not to enter the water during "stinger season".

'Parents, we can not stress enough on how important it is to keep your children away from the water'.

Box jellyfish are distinguished by their cube shaped appearance and 3meter tentacles.

There have been at least 70 deaths caused by box jellyfish in Australian waters since records began in the 1880s and numerous more overseas.

They produce a venomous sting that can leave victims dying of heart failure before they reach the shore.

There are about 50 species of box jellyfish, but only a few have venom that can kill humans.

Box jellyfish, named for their body shape, have tentacles covered in nematocysts, otherwise known as tiny darts loaded with poison, according to the National Ocean Service.

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