A new study from the University of Hawaii is serving to solve some of the mysteries close to the state’s growing box jellyfish population — 1 that may perhaps be partly joined to a number of shipwrecks off Waikiki Beach.
Box jellyfish are between nature’s most quietly dangerous sea creatures. Some species of the ephemeral, translucent jellyfish can provide strong stings. The venom can be deadly to people, generating them a perilous hazard on popular Hawaii beaches. Because the 1980s, the box jellyfish popular has boomed, and they’ve sometimes washed ashore in such alarming numbers that Hawaii officials have closed seashores as a precaution.