Why Does Jellyfish Sting?

Jellyfish belong to the phylum cnidarians and all members of this phylum possess cnidocytes. These are specialized cells which contain a microscopic barb capable of ripping through tissue. It is these specialized cells that cause the stings which are commonly associated with jellyfish. The box jellyfish is called the world’s most venomous creature because its sting is fatal to humans.

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