All About the Iracongi Jellyfish—Irukandji Jellyfish
One of the most deadly aquatic animals includes the Iracongi jellyfish, which is also frequently known as the Irukandji jellyfish (the terms will be used interchangeably throughout the article). The scientific name of this species is Carukia barnesi and is found near Australia. Some people believe that this jellyfish is one of the most venomous of all creatures throughout the entire world. This jellyfish has become a bit more known over the last six years due to fatal human encounters. Throughout the article we will explore all you need to know about the Iracongi jellyfish including its life-threatening sting.
In the year 2002 the Iracongi jellyfish was all over the news due to it being the cause of death to Richard Jordon a British tourist. Within days this man went from somewhat healthy (with a pre-existing condition) to dead as a result of a sting from this creature. This jellyfish species is extremely unique since it possesses stingers on its bell as well as on each of its tentacles. Irukandji jellyfish are extremely small, so small in fact that if this jellyfish was kept within an aquarium it would die on impact if it ran into the wall. As you can see, it is a very fragile little creature. The bell of this jellyfish is only about two centimeters in diameter. Many wonder how something so very small can be so deadly.
Irukandji syndrome is commonly a result of being stung by one of these tiny but dangerous jellyfish. Believe it or not, over sixty people per year are seen in hospitals with this relatively rare but fatal syndrome as a result of a sting. It takes anywhere from five to forty-five minutes before the victim feels pain from the attack. The symptoms frequently include a massive headache, intense back pain, as well as pains throughout their chest, stomach, and other muscles. Other symptoms may include vomiting, anxiety, or nausea. Again, all of this pain (and possible death) is caused by a jellyfish about the size of a thumbnail.
Now that we have examined the severity of such stings and the seriousness of seeking immediate medical attention, let’s explore their natural habitat. The Iracongi jellyfish is typically found in very deep water of the reef; however, they are occasionally brought closer to shore as a result of the current. Due to their preference for deep water, divers have a higher risk of being stung. Obviously their size makes them pretty hard to see and avoid. Again, if stung by one of these jellyfish it is essential that you get to a hospital as soon as possible.
Due to the increase in attacks and hospitalizations and death due to these stings, many people are taking precaution when getting in the waters surrounding Australia. The Lycra stinger suit is great for protection against the tentacles of these miniature beats. Even though many beaches are putting up nets to keep jellyfish out, this species is so small that they easily slip through making this method of prevention only proactive against some species of jellyfish. However, due to their increase of encounters with this jellyfish type, scientists have a better understanding of them and are better equipped to develop treatment options for those encountering the Iracongi jellyfish.
In conclusion, the Irukandji jellyfish are extremely deadly and are so tiny they are almost impossible to avoid. Their small size and powerful venom has placed many people in hospitals and taken the lives of several as well. Anyone who is stung by this jellyfish should seek immediate medical treatment in order to avoid life-threatening situations. It is recommended that anyone scuba diving or snorkeling in the waters surrounding Australia be very cautious and seek advice from experienced divers in the area of methods to minimize the risk of being stung.