Since 1950, over 20 swimmers have tried to swim from Cuba to Florida and none have succeeded. Chloë McCardel plans to go in 2013. We believe the preponderance of photo-phobic jellyfish, specifically the box jellyfish and various other types of stinging creatures, that come up from the depths as night falls presents McCardel's greatest obstacle to success. The searing of the human flesh when it is hit by the barbs of the box jellyfish nearly has no equivalent in the animal kingdom. As the tiny barbs hit, the swimmer feels a dramatic agony that is all encompassing and immediately debilitating... FULL STORY
Most Venemous: Box Jellyfish is #1
Feels Like Being On Fire
According to the various sources and knowledgeable individuals, some of the most venomous creatures in the world live in the oceans.
It can be very scary...and deadly.
The Environmental Graffiti ranks the box jellyfish as #1 on the world's most venomous animal list, followed by the Brazilian wandering spider, Inland Taipan (snake), blue-ringed octopus, and the stonefish.
While there is a debate whether there are other creatures that should be ranked higher or which animal is truly the most venomous, Environmental Graffiti argues for the position of #1 by the box jellyfish because "it kills more people per year, mostly in Australia, than any other animal on this list. Since records started being kept in 1884, it’s killed more than 5,500 people." FULL STORY
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Liability Can Sting, Too!
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