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You’re playing in the waves on vacation at the beach and you feel a sudden burning sensation: a jellyfish sting! How do you relieve the pain?
Jellyfish, which are almost entirely made of water, are marine animals. There are over 900 species of jellyfish. Their only defence mechanism is a poison found in their tentacles that causes paralysis. When a jellyfish brushes against another animal, a thin tube comes out and pierces its skin. Paralysing venom is then excreted from that tube into the other animal, making it possible for the jellyfish to escape a potential predator. In humans, this venom is usually not potent enough to cause paralysis and is generally the source of superficial damage.
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