Deadly Box Jellyfish in Langkawi Captured Alive!
A history of denial and concealment is one thing, but photographic evidence is another. While Malaysian authorities - namely public health, tourism, etc - clearly have the upper hand in this department and are completely unwilling to share any information; these photographs emphatically demonstrate that lethal box jellyfish live in Langkawi waters. So it stands to reason that if they exist in Langkawi then they sting in Lankgawi (as jellyfish are want to do) and, yes it might sound catagorically out of left field but hell, these strange old box jellyfish just might even kill people!
No tampering, no doctoring, no photoshop, no camouflaging, no smoke screens, no delete buttons. These illuminating photographs courtesy of Tina Marinis are probably the first of their kind that perfectly identify a few of the lethal species of box jellyfish that live in Langkawi. Technology is such that exact dates and location can be confirmed so without further ado meet one of Langkawi's Chironex type box jellyfish, they of the killing people variety in tropical Australia and throughout the Indo-Pacific:
This great image clearly shows the characteristics of the Chironex species and Tina Marinis captured this photograph 12th May, 2010 around 9pm at Telaga Harbour. The jellyfish was estimated to be about 60cm long.
This tiny creature with its transparent bell and four trailing tentacles is an Irukandji, specifically a Malo species which is also found in Australia and causes all sorts of problems in that country. This Irukandji was first identified in 1999 in Australia and named after American tourist Robert King who was killed by this animal in 2002. The photo was taken at 9.30pm on 15th May, 2010 at Rebak and Tina Marinis described it as having a 30mm bell and 200mm tentacles. Malo sp. is known to cause severe Irukandji Syndrome.
There have been numerous cases of suspected Irukandji Syndrome in Langkawi this year the most recent being 26th June where at least 3 people reported being stung and were hospitalized with typical symptoms.
So, we have victims (fatalities and serious stings), we have personal and eye-witness accounts and we now have photographs. What's missing? An admission from authorities that they are wrong, that they will immediately do what they can to protect the millions of visitors unsuspectingly left exposed in the water, that they will raise awareness at all levels (from the beach to the Ministry), that they will implement strategies of prevention and treatment, and that they will watch this video and subject themselves to a sting like these researchers so as to better understand how their guests to Langkawi will feel if stung!
IRUKANDJI SYNDROME VIDEO
Thank-you to Tina Marinis for the use of these photographs!