Around Australia, stingrays gracefully wave across our oceans – but make no mistake, they carry protection wherever they go. At the top of their tails are serrated barrels smeared with poison.
Meanwhile, the delicate jellyfish jellyfish, through our warm seas, is ruthlessly and ruthlessly trailing an arsenal of 60 billion toxic cells. If a man is busy with two meters tentacles, their heart can stand for a few minutes.
Of course, none of these creatures require trouble. In fact, there is no poisonous animal in the world that deals with people, says expert toxicologist Jamie Seymour, who 11 times struck Irukandji jellyfish. Any slaughter, bite or stroke – and potentially life-threatening – is applied only in self-defense.
"The pain is worse than you can imagine," said cheerful Professor Seymour. "It's 14 out of 10."
The message of animals to predators such as us is clear: stand on me or attack my space and I will put you in a world of agony.
Here are four stories of Australians who have come across poisonous marine life and lived to tell the story.
And here's what to do if you, or someone close to you, is unhappy to have a similar meeting this summer.
The jellyfish jellyfish box
Andrew Jones was on a family vacation on Coconut Island in the Gulf of Thailand for Christmas, 2007. He, his wife and two young sons swim when he left the water for rest. Andrew relates what follows:
"The next thing was, my four-year-old Louis, I screamed. Even now, let's remember that a cry gives me a fever.
"His mother swam to him and walked away. I took him.
"He had these things hanging out of him, almost like cooked vermicelli, transparent. I ran back to the beach with him." I still did not know what it was, but I knew that I had to take those things out. "With my fingers, I grabbed one of these I worked and pulled it out and pulled it off as if Velcro was pulled down. It left a large deep section on the left thigh.
"But as soon as I did it, he stopped screaming and immediately fell unconscious and turned into blue for a few seconds. I checked the pulse and there was nothing." He did not breathe.
"We ran back to the bungalow, crying for help. The woman who heads the place received vinegar and began to pour it on her feet.
"Maybe two minutes later, he drew a great breath and his eyes opened extremely wide and he made a loud scream and began to cry. It was almost like a revival, some miracle." Every expert we talked said he should die in that quantity of poison.
"On this island, there was a taxi and it just happened that was out of the resort. We caught it, moan and delirium, our eyes roll in the head, towards a medical clinic, but it was closed.
"We continued to talk to Lewis to keep it aware while a woman from the hotel made calls and 45 minutes later someone came in.
"They cleaned their wounds and cut off the rest of the tentacles from their feet and relieved them of the pain and told us that it would be good. We returned it to the bungalow and the owner made a paste for which I now know it is a mild analgesic to calm the pain made from a coastline that grows along the beaches.
"You go far from a beaten path in search of a paradise, but we were stuck there, and it could have gone much worse."
Step Gould moved on the coast of Brighton in Melbourne, Port of Phillip Bay, in 2017, when he was standing on his trousers. She remembers what happened next:
"Something beneath my leg was rubbery and slapping around a bit.
"I did not see it at all. The water was around half, so I could not see the bottom.
"I felt this pain in the back of the ankle and my first reaction was:" I think something is worrying me. "We went back to the shore and realized that there was a decrease in the exterior [of my leg] and also one in the interior – whatever it was, went from the outside, came out to the other side of my Achilles tendon, and I retreated again.
"I remember wondering – because there are obviously so many poisonous creatures in Australia – is this deadly poisonous creatures or a good poisonous creature?
I had blood that was dripping on my feet and I could not go because it went through a tendon.
"I wondered how to control my body in this situation? I could feel the poison lifting my leg." They have this toxin in their tail plank, which is extremely painful if it breaks into the bloodstream. he felt as though he was paralyzing me – definitely the most terrible pain I ever felt.
"We went to the nearest medical clinic, I had blood that was dripping on my feet and I could not go, because I went through a tendon and I could not put weight on it.
"The doctor asked me how much pain I was on a scale from one to 10. I said 10, and he gave me some Panadol.
"In the end, they gave me one of those green gigs and helped me a lot. While I was waiting around, they actually put my foot in a bucket full of very hot water, which is obviously something to wash away.
"We went to a local hospital and they made an ultrasound and found three little bits that broke the tails and stuck in the tendon, they said they had to do an operation to take them." I stayed two nights in the hospital.
"They told me when they looked at them, they would need to make a bigger incision on the ankle, because they had to have room for maneuvering inside and taking out the pieces. When I returned for evaluation a few weeks later, they took bandages … and cut the the side of the ankle was double the length, and it was all covered with blood and it was so terrible that I could not believe it! I did not know it would be so great.
"After about five to six weeks, I could walk without crutches. I do not imagine that the scar will ever disappear completely.
"In March of this year, I went to the beach on Black Rock beach and saw a terrible right near the shore. I thought, it came back to finish me."
The cobbler fish blow
Gabriela Targte was surfing with members of her rescue club when they came to the coast of Witford Beach in Perth in 1989. She says what happened next:
"I jumped [the surf ski] in the water, in a pelvis of algae, and I felt a spike to enter my body beneath the left bone in my ankle. I thought it was a sharp stick and ran to my boy's car.
"Then I did not know that, but the cobwebs of the cobweb fish boarded into my leg on the diagonal and broke off.
"I tied the roofs on the roof when Neil (my boyfriend) saw that my leg was bleeding. I could feel the puncture, but I could feel something else inside. I tried to rub it, but the blood poured out.
"I said I thought it was just a sharp stick, but as soon as my words left my mouth, I began to scream. Suddenly, it was like hot poker riding through my foot." My pulse went through the roof, I could not move, I threw a sweat.
"My boyfriend had seen this before that." He yelled at others, "Gaby was standing on something, his pants or cobblestone! I take her to the hospital. "
I could not control my exclamations. I told them: Take this swamp! & # 39;
"I lay down on the back seat and put a cloth in my mouth and said:" I'm slapping this, you'll need me. "He drove me to the Sir Charles Gardnerner hospital, saturated, still in my brand new wetsuit.
"It was freezing, a fiery pain through my whole body – my hands, torso, my head. My nerve endings were layoffs, wetsuit pressed my body and seemed to kill me.I would not let my boyfriend touch me, but he said: "I have to lead you in."
"He took me, screaming at the top of my voice. I was a marathon racer, I was used to pushing through the border of pain, but I could not control my shouts." I said, "Get this swamp!" They said: "We'll have to exclude him." I said I did not care.
"They held the leg in a bucket of lukewarm water with ammonia in it, it felt like hot water, I screamed they were torturing me, but they held it there, saying they had to get the toxin out." A specialist said, "She's far from it. This toxin spreads through her body. Just help with the pain. "
"Later, it became clear that my high heartbeat, my adrenaline and running on the beach, had exhausted toxins around my body.
"They wanted to put a morphine cannula, but I could not sleep. They had to keep me down and put a morph on my back.
"I spent the next 48 hours giving morphine and pethidine, I was hallucinating." As soon as pethidine began to give up, my body would return to freezing and fire, it was hell on Earth.
"For a few weeks I was in crutches, I blasted like a punch." A week later, I appeared on my crutches to the City of Surf to roll out the team I was supposed to run, and they did not even recognize me.
"It takes one month for a full recovery, the smaller the jump dissolves or is knocked out without knowing it, but a bigger jump has remained built for a year, I was in the water a lot of summer, teaching swimming in Cottesloe, scratched on the site and all at once by Spike It was half a centimeter long and quite thick, like a big schism. "
Irukandji jellyfish jellyfish
Alain Rowick was on a family vacation in a Sunday morning in 2001, when she and her brother Kam, then eight, felt something about the feet in the water from Cable Beach. She never forgot what follows:
"I began to feel resentment – a sudden, sudden pain. I walked back to the shore and followed my brother." We both cried, but the savior told us that it was just the local jellyfish.
"Multiple two to three millimeters curtains – a kind of circular shape, very bright red – formed slightly loose axes around both my legs, back and forth, from the middle of the thigh to the middle of the calf.
"I remember feeling anxious, as it would still be painful for me to return to Uni.
"Within 15 minutes, I did not have a breath. While we all reached the top of the hill, I could not breathe. I thought it was in my head that it was just pain, but then my little brother started screaming he could not breathe .
"Very soon, it began to feel like breaking my chest with a block of concrete.
"We all went into the car and went to the hospital, the doctor said that he had never seen anything similar in Broome." He took the pertussis telephone line in Perth, the boy said that sounded like something he had seen in Queensland.
"As the day continues, my brother got better. I got worse.
I spent five days in a coma while trying to keep the fluid from my lungs and my heart worked long enough to get no poison.
"There was disorder and plastic on the floor everywhere, opening the packages open, trying to stabilize me and stop the pain – but nothing worked.
"The Doctor at Broome saved my life, he sent me to Perth, and the doctors arrived at 18:00, I spent the whole year, I could see that my heart was going and blood pressure was not good.
"My father was given a commercial flight with me. We arrived at the hospital Sir Charles Gardnerer at about 23 o'clock, but I do not remember to go in intensive care. My heart was already unsuccessful.
"Later I met people who worked on my heart and said it was like a jelly capsule with only a little bit at the bottom, which is still working.
"The next day they told the rest of my family to fly down.
"I spent five days in a coma while trying to keep the fluid from my lungs and my heart worked long enough to get no poison.
"I woke up and I could not see it. It was all dark, and I had a tube that seemed to me like a garden hose in the throat, I could not turn my head or raise my hands.
"Even three months later, I could just stop long enough to have a shower. It took me several months for my heart to recover.
"This was the first documented case of the Irukandji syndrome in Washington, DC. The two men who hit me were men in the 50s with high blood pressure and the two died." I was really happy. "