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Box Jellyfish Invade Oahu Waters
The box jellyfish's sting attacks the heart, nervous system and skin cells. Stings are so powerful that victims have been known to go into shock and die of heart failure before they even have the chance to reach the shore.
The pale blue creatures routinely appear eight to 12 days after a full moon. Lifeguards will warn the public if there have been sightings. As of Thursday, Oahu's west and south shores are under a box jellyfish advisory. To find out the current beach safety conditions, consult the official Hawaii beach safety guide.
Sheila Beal is editor of www.GoVisitHawaii.com.
[Photo: Honolulu Government]