Australians are so tough, even 10-year-old girls like Rachael Shardlow can do things like survive being stung by the world’s most venomous creature, the deadly box jellyfish. Nice try, “nature.” It’ll take more than a measly jelly fish with thousands of lousy harpoon-shaped poison-injecting needles to take down a common schoolgirl![pullquote quote=”When I first saw the pictures of the injuries I just went, ‘you know to be honest, this kid should not be alive.’ ” credit=”Jamie Seymour, professor of zoology and tropical ecology, James Cook University”]
The creature’s venom is so horribly painful that most victims usually go into shock or die of heart failure within minutes. No effective antivenom for the sting exists, which leaves poison to attack the heart, nervous system and skin. Victims experience shooting muscle pain, vomiting, and a rapid rise in blood pressure. Shardlow’s 13-year old brother pulled her from a river the two had been swimming in, as she complained of vision loss and difficulty breathing. After weeks of recovery, Shardlow is now in good health, with occasional short term memory loss.
In honor of young Rachael’s defying medical science, here is [lastfm]Gorillaz[/lastfm], performing “Super Fast Jelly Fish” at this year’s Coachella: