Aussies employ jellyfish terror

AFP – Australia added another chapter to its long love story with insects and animals that can kill you when its Olympic surfing team named themselves ‘The Irukandjis’ after a deadly and difficult to pronounce jellyfish.

With other national sports teams already called the Wallabies, Crocs, Sharks, Emus, Koalas, Kookaburras, Dingos, Wombats, Firetails, Joeys, Kangaroos and Jillaroos, there wasn’t much wildlife left for the surfers, who will be making their debut at the Tokyo Games.

The irukandji is a tiny and highly venomous box jellyfish with an incredibly painful sting.

So painful in fact that researchers believe it one of the world’s most poisonous creatures – all the more to swell Aussie hearts with pride.