A Jellyfish Sting – and Venom Release – in High Speed for the First Time

by Owen James Burke

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Jellyfish have organelles called nematocysts, which work like hypodermic needles when engaged, breaking through the tentacle and ejecting venom. For the first time, this process has been captured on film under a microscope (using an anemone, which are related to jellyfish) at James Cook University.

James Cook University is looking for undergrads to help them uncover the mystery of the box jellyfish which produces a cardiotoxin that kills more people in Australia each year than sharks, crocodiles and wild dogs combined.

Read more on Nature World News — OB

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