The box jellyfish gets its name as they are bell shaped or cubed shaped with four sides being very prominent, thus the title box jellyfish. They can be as long as 20 cm on each side of the cube, and have around 15 tentacles on each corner. These tentacles are not actually triggered by any sort of touch, rather, this species of jellyfish stings because it senses a presence of a type of chemical on the outside of the prey.
A box jellyfish is very portable, using their bodies to propel themselves forward at speeds up to 4 knots. These kinds of jellyfish travel towards the beaches in the calmer weather, and settle around the mouths of the two creeks and rivers following the rain. It is assumed that after a great rain, food is washed down to the jellyfish, and they instinctively realize this.
These jellyfish are also called sea wasps and marine stingers. Their primary habitat is in water from Northern Australia and in the Indo-Pacific. A box jellyfish has venom that’s so deadly, it considered to be one of the worst poisons on the planet today. This venom is so strong that the toxins set about attacking the heart and nervous system, in addition to skin cells. Their venom was developed so that it would immediately paralyze or kill its prey, and also so that there was less of a battle. In this manner, the box jellyfish will look after its delicate tentacles. Box jellyfish eat small fish and crustaceans.
The sting is so deadly; help must be received immediately if one hopes to survive. The pain is said to be excruciating, and those who do survive experience lots of pain for weeks to months after being stung. The sting is proportionate to the size of the individual; for instance, a child needs less of a sting to cause dire consequences than an adult.