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Is this a box jellyfish?

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by Joe Underwater, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. Joe Underwater

    Joe Underwater ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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  2. knotical

    knotical perpetual student

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    Yes. Uncertain which species.
     
  3. Allison Finch

    Allison Finch Solo Diver

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    It sure is. They are attracted by the lights and will actively hunt, back and forth, in the beam of light. They are very fast and determined swimmers. Not sure which species, but it definitely isn't Chironex Fleckeri, one of the biggest and baddest. Actually, the smallest (irukandji) is the deadliest....

    irukandji is tiny

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    The bell and tentacles are different that yours.

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    Yours looks like the sea wasps we have in our area.
     
  4. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    ^what they said. It may not kill you, but you may wish you were dead. I had a deckhand get hit not with a live box jelly, but with a tiny piece of tentacle that was on a rope int he water. She said it was like getting slammed with a baseball bat. She still has scars 5 years later.
     
  5. Joe Underwater

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    Thanks for the responses guys.
     
  6. tphelps

    tphelps Course Director

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    Yeah looks like a box jelly
     
  7. Joe Underwater

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  8. Blackmore75

    Blackmore75 Divemaster

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    Sure is! Be careful with those little guys. Nasty sting!!! :hurt:
     

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