The 17-year-old boy was stabbed on February 22 while swimming in the sea near the village of Bamaga in northern Queensland. He was taken to hospital by helicopter, where he eventually died on March 1.
Most poisonous jellyfish in the world
The boy was stung by the Australian Sea Wasp, the world’s most poisonous jellyfish. For that reason, the jellyfish is also called the ‘hand of death’. The jellyfish mainly lives in tropical waters north of Australia. On the northern coast of Australia, it is also recommended to wear a special swimsuit if you go for a swim during the summer months.
According to the biologist Lisa-Ann Gershwin, it is the first time since 2006 that someone has died as a result of such a jellyfish bite. “Unfortunately, it happened near the town of Bamaga at the time,” she told ABC. According to Gershwin, not everyone would die after such a bite, but people who live a little further from the town are more vulnerable, because they do not always know what to do.
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