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The box jellyfish is considered to be the most venomous animal in the world. In Australia it has caused at least 64 deaths since 1883. However this is much less than are killed by sharks. It is claimed that the each box jellyfish has enough venom to kill 60 people.

Box jellyfish toxin attacks the heart, nervous system, and skin cells. The pain experienced by its victim is instantaneous and described like being "branded with red hot irons”. Death can occur as quickly as 2 to 5 minutes.

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