07 April 2012

box jellyfish

because their domes are box shaped, well, you get the picture. i think it's well known that these mesmerising invertebrates are quite dangerous to be near. each of their tentacles contains a few thousand stinging cells that are so potent that humans sometimes don't make it to shore before either drowning or going through heart failure first. each corner of their bell can grow up to fifteen tentacles that can reach three meters in length. serious stuff. what differentiates box jellyfish from others is their ability to actually propel themselves through north australian / indo-pacific oceans they inhabit. these jellyfish also have a rather developed set of eyes yet no central nervous system which begs the question: how do they see? cubozoa in moleskine.

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