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JELLYFISH

  • A box jellyfish can kill a human in two minutes.

  • The box jellyfish is the world’s most venomous animal.

  • A box jellyfish’s head is the size of a basketball.

  • A box jellyfish has 60 tentacles.

  • A box jellyfish’s tentacles can grow over two metres long.

  • Irukandji box jellyfish are the size of a thumbnail.

  • Pouring vinegar over a jellyfish sting will deactivate the stinging organelles.

SEA SNAKES

  • A beaked sea snake’s venom can be used to treat multiple sea snake species’ bites.

  • The beaked sea snake cases more deaths than any other sea snake in the world.

  • Sea snakes must come to the surface to breathe.

  • Sea snakes have a paddle tail.

  • Olive sea snakes are carnivores and feed on fish.

  • Olive sea snakes’ venom breaks down the muscle tissue of their prey.

STONE FISH

  • A stonefish’s body is lined with venomous spines.

  • Historically, stonefish were killed when milked for venom.

  • Stonefish can live out of the water for ten hours.

  • Stonefish have non-venomous spikes as well.

  • Stonefish have two venom sacks on each spine.

  • Stonefish antivenom is the most used antivenom in Australia.

DEATH ADDER, SCORPIONS, SAWFISH & SALTWATER CROCODILES

  • Death adders ambush their prey.

  • Death adders are known for their incredible strike speed.

  • Sawfish can grow up to six metres long.

  • Under ultraviolet light, scorpions glow in the dark.

  • Saltwater crocodiles’ diet consists of large and small mammals.

GREAT BARRIER REEF & OSPREY REEF

    • The Great Barrier Reef is over 2400km long and the biggest stretch of coral reef in the world.

    • Osprey Reef is off of the Northeast Coast of Australia.

    • Osprey Reef is 20 kilometres long.

    DIVING/DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS & BRADFORD SOLUTION

      • Absorption of too much nitrogen into the body tissues increases the risk of decompression sickness, and can lead to death.

      • Bradford solution turns bright blue in the presence of venom and stays brown with no change in colour if there is no venom present.

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        Venom Quest

        The team collects venom from some of the ocean’s deadliest creatures in order to create life...

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      • Venom Mission photo

        Venom Mission

        Richard and Jamie collect some sea snakes to help produce antivenom in order to save lives.

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