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Lion's Mane Jellyfish Sting

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Lion's Mane Jellyfish Sting

There are many different types of jellyfish found in the oceans of the world, and they differ in their size and color. Jellyfish are made up of a gelatinous mass in the shape of a bell and tentacles hang from the perimeter of this bell. The tentacles of a jellyfish have numerous stinger cells which it uses to immobilise its prey. The jellyfish basically behaves in a set pattern based on reactions to certain stimuli. It does not have a brain or eyes, and it senses its immediate environment by different chemical processes. The jellyfish stings whenever it comes across certain chemicals on the surface of the skin of the prey. A human also gets stung because of the presence of these chemicals on his skin.

The Lion's mane jellyfish is supposed to be the biggest species of jellyfish. Its bell can reach a diameter of up to 2 meters and its tentacles can grow up to 36 meters in length. This jellyfish is mainly found in the waters of the north Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic oceans. This jellyfish has also been spotted in the waters surrounding Australia and New Zealand. The color of the jellyfish and its thick cluster of tentacles gives it the appearance of a lion's mane and hence the name.

The lion's mane jellyfish has about eight clusters of tentacles and each cluster has more than a hundred individual tentacles. One can only imagine the number of stinger cells this jellyfish will be having. The lion's mane jellyfish sting is quite severe and up to now there is one recorded death. The main characteristic of its sting is the severe burning sensation and formation of blister on the stung part of the skin. The toxicity of its venom is not very high, but can cause many severe burns. The lion's mane jellyfish sting will also cause muscular cramps, problems in respiration and also affects the functioning of the heart.

Although the toxicity of the venom of a lion's mane jellyfish is not so high, it is the sheer volume of tentacles and stinger cells that can cause the most damage. If a person has just brushed past the tentacles he will suffer minor burns, blisters and pain, for a few minutes to an hour. But in the unfortunate event of getting entangled in the deadly mass of tentacles, it will be quite another story. The lion's mane jellyfish has the potential to inject very large amounts of venom and that can cause a severe problem or a fatality.

All jellyfish are delicate creatures and the lion's mane is no exception, even though it is of such a huge size. Many times its tentacles will get torn off and will be entangled on the ropes of a ship. These tentacles are dangerous and will still sting if they are touched. They have to be carefully removed, without them coming into contact with bare skin. The stinger cells can still fire from these tentacles and will cause the same symptoms.

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Written by and Sudarsana Sinha.

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