Box Jellyfish are not of the Sort

Jellyfish are normally known as lifeless creatures that float around the ocean aimlessly, but the Box Jellyfish is not of the sort.  I choose the Box Jellyfish because of their unique traits and abilities.  The three main traits the Box Jellyfish possess are that they have several eyes, can move around, and they possess a very powerful sting.

Box Jellyfish are unlike any other jellyfish, because the Box Jellyfish have eyes.  In fact, they have 24 eyes.  Of these eyes, the Box Jellyfish has four different types.  These eyes help them move to avoid objects and locate food.  Box Jellyfish are a unique species, not just because of their eyes but they also have the ability to move.

The thing that makes a Box Jellyfish very sophisticated is that they not only have eyes but also can move.  The four eyes on top of their Gastro vascular Cavity is what locates the tree canopy to stay near it.  Those eyes also locate food for them to eat.  The Box Jellies’ other eyes are what allow the Jelly to navigate.  These eyes respond to light, avoid obstacles, and control their rate of swimming.  Box Jellyfish do not have a central nervous system so scientists are not quite sure how they process what they see.  Another thing a Box Jellyfish possesses is a very powerful, and sometimes deadly, sting.

Box Jellyfish are unique not only because they can move, but they also have a destructive sting.  The Box Jelly is known as “Sea Wasps”.  They have received this nickname from their powerful sting.  Their tentacles contain a toxic that attacks the heart, nervous system, and skin cells.  The toxic in a Box’s tentacles is considered to be among the deadliest in the world.  A full grown Box Jelly can have up to 15 tentacles with about 5,000 stinging cells in each tentacle.

In conclusion the Box Jellyfish are unlike any other jellyfish on the planet.  They have eyes which allow them to see light and objects.  Box Jellies also can maneuver to stay near their tree canopies and locate food for them to eat and survive.  To top it all off Box Jellyfish have the most powerful sting of any other jellyfish in the oceans.  So, all in all the Box Jellyfish is the most unique and original Jelly in the seven seas.

 

1.  Are Box Jellyfish of the sort?

2.  What is so unique about the Box Jellyfish?

3.  How is the Box Jellyfish different from other types if Jellies?

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “Box Jellyfish are not of the Sort

  1. I think your topic on jellyfish is really interesting. I researched another type of jellyfish called the moon jellyfish. They are commonly found in North American and European waters. They are typically 16 inches in diameter. They also have pale translucent bodies and are circular which accounts for their name “moon” jellyfish. It feeds on other fish and animals making it a carnivores animal. I’m still wondering what other differences are between all the other species of jellyfish. What sets them apart and makes them different from all other jellyfishes?
    Sources: http://school.eb.com/levels/high/article/moon-jelly/11275

  2. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/box-jellyfish/ This link also provides more information on the topic. I personally find the Box Jellyfish terrifying and amazing at the same time. I think is frightening to think that one touch from this little thing and you may not survive. I think its incredible that even though they do not have a Central Nervous System these creatures still find a way to survive. I really liked this topic and the blog was very well written it kept the main focus short and sweet.

  3. The way you explained things, it really expanded my understanding of the species, and I used to live in Florida, and learned lots about sea safety, notably about the box jellyfish. I didn’t realize it had eyes.. let alone 24 of them! I didn’t realize the jellyfish toxin was as dangerous as it was, thanks for the eye opening information. As for your question, the box jellyfish are so unique because of their eyes alone, as they are the only jellyfish to have eyes. And that makes them stand apart from other jelly fish who cannot see where they go with eyes. Also, to prior belief, resent research shows that most human hearts could withstand a sting from the box jelly fish, making the experience painful, but not fatal. Another thing that was thought to be true, was the myth of peeing on a jellyfish string would cure it, this is not the case and it will most likely aggravate the wound.
    Source – http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fact-or-fiction-urinating/

  4. I agree with everything you guys have said so far I’ve found different information from this sight, http://www.livescience.com/6353-deadly-box-jellyfish.html about a 10 year old girl who was stung off the coast of Australia. They conclude that 20-40 people die from these type of jellyfish every year in the Philippines. Says the National Science Foundation (NFS for short.) The box jellyfish Is known as the Chironex Fleckeri in scientific terms. Box jelly fish shortly live in shallow waters during their spawning season. I find this article interesting and well written by the way, Jellyfish are still a mystery it seems like to scientists. Box jellyfish are known as the deadliest jellies which you guys have said. I agree with this statement fully. One thing that I can add to Nicolebjspring14 is that once they mature out of being known as a Medusa they follow the river out to sea. The Box Jellies diet consists of small fish and shrimp. The only predators that are known to box jellyfish are turtles since their stinging cells can’t go through their skin. Otherwise the box jellyfish is nearly unstoppable. From reading this article I seem to have a new sense of how dangerous these organisms really are. Here is my final source for this comment http://eol.org/pages/200766/details . This is a great blog! Hopefully my comment gives some extra information on the box jellyfish.

  5. Box jellyfish are unique. I didn’t know they had 15 tentacles. I didn’t know that a box jellyfish could be different from a regular jellyfish. Some 20 to 40 people die just from getting stung by a box jelly fish. There are 50 described species. Larger jellyfish are more dangerous than smaller jellyfish. The larger jellyfish have more cnidocysts. Mostly all jellyfish contain poison. One of the most poisonous box jellyfish lives in Shardlow in Australia. Box jellyfish are agile swimmers.
    Source: http://www.livescience.com/6353-deadly-box-jellyfish.html

  6. I think that the Box Jellyfish are unique. It really doesn’t sound like there are any others like it, especially one that has 24 eyes. The scientific name of the box jellyfish is Chironex fleckeri. These jellyfish reproduce during the spring in freshwater rivers and similar bodies of water where they release either their sperm or their eggs. Shortly after they spawn their young, they die. The young jelly starters as a small polyp that can asexually reproduce by budding. Once the budding is finished, it becomes a juvenile medusa and then grows into a sexually mature medusa.
    Source: http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Chironex_fleckeri/

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