Australian lifeguards can often be seen wearing women’s tights on their arms and legs, and not as some sort of macho joke (well, not usually). It might spoil the image a bit, but it could save their lives.
That’s because the potentially lethal sting of the box jellyfish - the most venomous creature on earth – is only triggered by direct contact with flesh.
The lifeguards have discovered that wearing hosiery can save them from excruciating pain, vomiting, breathing problems and even death. Painful humiliation is clearly a price worth paying.
The box jellyfish, pictured above, has trapped a banana prawn and reels the catch towards its mouth. The prawn died instantly from toxins released by the jellyfish's stinger capsules.