The Sea Wasp Jellyfish is a common name used to refer to the Chironex fleckeri, which is a highly venomous species of box jellyfish found in the coastal waters of northern Australia and nearby regions. The Chironex fleckeri is known for its potent venom and is considered one of the most dangerous jellyfish in the world.
Here are some characteristics of the Chironex fleckeri (Sea Wasp Jellyfish):
- Appearance: The Sea Wasp Jellyfish has a transparent or pale blue bell-shaped body with a distinct box-like structure. It can reach a size of up to 30 centimeters (12 inches) in diameter.
- Tentacles: One of the notable features of the Sea Wasp Jellyfish is its long, delicate tentacles. It possesses multiple tentacles, typically around 60 or more, that extend from each of its four corners.
- Venom: The Sea Wasp Jellyfish has venomous tentacles that contain specialized cells called nematocysts. These nematocysts release venom upon contact with prey or threats. The venom of the Chironex fleckeri is extremely potent and can cause severe pain, and tissue damage, and, in some cases, even be life-threatening to humans.
- Habitat: Sea Wasp Jellyfish are typically found in warm coastal waters, particularly in the northern regions of Australia, including the Great Barrier Reef. They prefer estuaries, shallow bays, and areas with sandy or muddy substrates.
Encounters with Sea Wasp Jellyfish can be dangerous, and it is important to exercise caution when swimming in waters where these jellyfish are known to inhabit. It is advisable to follow any local safety guidelines and warnings regarding jellyfish presence and take necessary precautions to avoid contact with them.