Painful sting from the world’s deadliest jellyfishAre the cold, black eyes of a shark enough to keep you from stepping into the ocean forever? Perhaps the threat of the Irukandji jellyfish’s sting will be enough to keep both of your feet on solid ground. Unfortunately for 14-year-old Hannah Mitchell, a relaxing swim in the waters of Australia’s north coast turned sour. Because she suffered a painful sting from the world’s deadliest jellyfish. And almost instantly, the young teen begged for death as indescribable pain swept through her body. Hannah defied expectations and lived to share her story. But sadly she’s still dealing with the lasting side effects from her brush with the smallest, most venomous jellyfish in the world.
While the Irukandji jellyfish normally only measure a few centimeters in length, they claim the title as one of the ocean’s most venomous creatures. While only 50-100 individuals stung by the jellyfish require medical attention each year, their attack is often life-threatening. They are most typically seen in the waters of western and northern Australia.