Irukanddji Jellyfish


The deadly Irukanddji jellyfish.

Just when you think it’s safe to go back into the water (queue music from Jaws) this little fella comes along and stirs everything up. One of the many creatures native to Australia that can either kill or severely injure.

What is it with Australia that there are so many things out to get us. The Great Barrier Reef is such an iconic and stunning entity. Beautiful weather, unblemished rain forest, glaringly white sand and ridiculously clear blue water. But. Here’s the catch. You can’t swim because of our little friends, the Irukanddji jellyfish. With long (up to 4 metres) tendrils this lovable little rascal is an absolute nightmare. You can however wear a stinger suit. This fashionable ensemble may protect you but at the cost of looking like a Telly Tubby. I’ll let you be the judge of that.



The Irukandji Jellyfish (Carukia barnesi) inhabits waters of Australia. This is a deadly jellyfish, which is only 2.5 centimeters (with bell and tentacles) in diameter, which makes it difficult to spot. Which is not a problem because it will have no trouble spotting you.
The Irukandji is believed to be the most venomous creature in the world.


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