Tag: box jellyfish

Boxed In A Changing World

Allen Collins, curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and Evan Orellana of the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, reported that the dreaded and extraordinarily venomous box jellyfish has started to appear in Florida in much greater numbers. "We’re seeing this happening everywhere all over the planet.

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Untamed Monsters In The Open Water

Author John Steinbeck could have been writing about the experiences of modern-day open water swimmers when he wrote his non-fiction book about a marine-collecting expedition called The Log From the Sea of Cortez in 1951. Paul Lundgren, Diana Nyad, Penny Palfrey and a great number of open water swimmers from Australia to Florida when he wrote, "An ocean

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No Mano-a-Mano Among The Box Jellyfish

Dr. Angel Yanagihara of the Pacific Cnidaria Research Lab and the Békésy Laboratory of Neurobiology in the Pacific Biosciences Research Center in Honolulu, Hawaii shared her extensive knowledge of some of the most venomous creatures in the world: Box jellies have chemo-, mechano- and neutrally activated stinging cells firing apparati. If the animal hunts

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Don’t Get Boxed In The Open Water

Dr. Angel Yanagihara of the Pacific Cnidaria Research Lab and the Békésy Laboratory of Neurobiology in the Pacific Biosciences Research Center in Honolulu, Hawaii shared her extensive knowledge of some of the most venomous creatures in the world: There are over 40 species of box jellyfish or cubozoans. These are divided into the Carybdeidae and the

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If In Doubt, Don’t Go Out

Especially if there are box jellyfish. Their stings are excruciatingly painful and potentially life-threatening. The data and forecasts used in 808jellyfish are the estimated dates of arrivals based on historical data. However, box jellyfish can also arrive on "off-cycle" days. Check out their nightly schedule, if you are in Hawaii, here at

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Fourth Time Is A Charm

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Diana Nyad is back at it. Tom Sims writes about Diana's planned fourth attempt of the Florida Strait from Cuba to Florida in the New York Times (see here). The distance of 103 miles (168K) is not the primary obstacle. Sharks, she can handle and has the right people to keep her safe (see below). The heat

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