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Meet the Irukandji jellyfish: deadlier than coronavirus

27 June 2021

11:43 AM

27 June 2021

11:43 AM

The Irukandji jellyfish, Wikipedia tells us, are any of several similar, extremely venomous species of box jellyfish. with a very small adult size of about a single cubic centimetres, they are both the smallest and most venomous jellyfish in the world — and they’re found in our northern waters.

This year, they’ve killed one person.

There’s also been one shark death.

And coronavirus fatalities?

None, nil, nul, nada… You get the picture.

We’re not prevented from swimming in Queensland or Northern Territory waters thanks to the threat of jellyfish or barred from enjoying New South Wales’ beautiful beaches because of sharks.

Yet the nation’s largest city — and surrounds — is in lockdown thanks to a virus that hasn’t even killed anyone in 2021 (and we’re almost at the middle of the year, remember).

Other premiers no doubt have itchy trigger fingers too, despite the lack of casualties.

All something to ponder as we enjoy our enforced leisure.

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