Three new killer jellyfish species

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Three new killer jellyfish discovered

By Paige Taylor
April 22, 2004


RESEARCHERS have discovered three new species of irukandji jellyfish and developed a world-first breeding program for the creatures - breakthroughs being hailed as important steps towards developing an antivenom to treat the animal's often lethal stings.

One of the three new jellyfish species discovered this month off the coast of Broome, in Western Australia's remote Kimberley region, has been described as one of the world's most poisonous creatures.

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We had a student hit by an irukindji at Lizard Island this month. Fortunately, allthough he had to be flown off, he recovered quickly. April in northern Australian waters can be interesting.

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