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Teenager dies after being stung by a jellyfish while fishing in Queensland

A teenager has died after being stung by a box jelly fish while fishing in Queensland.  

A 17-year-old Bamaga boy was stung by the poisonous jelly fish at Patterson’s Point on Cape York in far north Queensland on Friday.  

The boy was taken to Townsville Hospital but later died on Monday. 

The Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council has reminded locals to stay out of the water during the notoriously dangerous stinger season. 

A teenager has died after being stung by a box jelly fish while fishing in Queensland (pictured: stock image of a box jelly fish)

A teenager has died after being stung by a box jelly fish while fishing in Queensland (pictured: stock image of a box jelly fish)

A teenager has died after being stung by a box jelly fish while fishing in Queensland (pictured: stock image of a box jelly fish) 

‘Please advise your children not to go swimming at this time of the season,’ the warning read.

‘Parents, we cannot stress enough on how important it is to keep your children away from the water.’  

The Australian box jellyfish is a deadly threat for swimmers during the warmer months on the north Queensland coast.

The boy was taken to Townsville Hospital (pictured) but later died on Monday following the incident

The boy was taken to Townsville Hospital (pictured) but later died on Monday following the incident

The boy was taken to Townsville Hospital (pictured) but later died on Monday following the incident 

Box jellyfish are distinguished by their cube shaped appearance and 3meter tentacles.

They produce a venomous sting that can leave victims dying of heart failure before they reach the shore.

Police will now prepare a report on the boy’s death for the coroner.   

The Box Jellyfish

The box jellyfish is distinguished by its cube-shaped appearance and extremely potent venom

The box jellyfish is distinguished by its cube-shaped appearance and extremely potent venom

The box jellyfish is distinguished by its cube-shaped appearance and extremely potent venom

  • Distinguished by its cube-shaped appearance and is nearly invisible underwater 
  • Produces extremely potent venom considered to be among the most deadly in the world, containing toxins that attack the heart, nervous system, and skin cells and can cause cardiac arrest in humans
  • Human victims have been known to go into shock and drown or die of heart failure before even reaching shore
  • Found in the temperate coastal waters off Northern Australia and throughout the Indo-Pacific
  • Tentacles can reach up to 3m in length
  • Unlike most jellyfish they have developed the ability to move rather than just drift 
  • The box jellyfish are Carnivores and have 24 eyes and four brains

Source: National Geographic  

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Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News

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