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Scientists Are Breeding Irukandji Jellyfish, And It’s Not To Find Out Why They Have Four Bums.

With the Irukandji Jellyfish favouring warming water, they have historically stayed around the northern coasts of Australia. But, they are coming closer.

Australia, it's full of scary, dangerous and sometimes ugly creatures that call our beautiful land (and water) home. One of those creatures, that ticks all of those boxes, is the Irukandji Jellyfish. Which scientists have just managed to breed.

But why would you want to breed something with one mouth and four bums, that could kill you? For their venom of course! Speaking to The Project, Marine Biologist Sheree Marris told the desk, they need to break down the venom, to find out what components have what impact.

With the Irukandji Jellyfish favouring warming water, they have historically stayed around the northern coasts of Australia. But with water warming, they have managed to come as far south as Fraser Island.

The studies will help scientists understand how long they live for, what they feed on, and what temperatures they like. The Irukandji, which is only 2.5cm big and made up of 97% water, can cause severe pain in the body, described as much worse than giving birth. In rare instances, the sting may result in cardiac arrest and death.

To find out more, check out our chat with Marine Biologist Sheree Marris.