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What do box jellyfish eat?

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Box jellyfish eat shrimp, fish and worms by using their tentacles to sting prey and then pulling the prey into their mouths. Many species of jellyfish eat their prey in this manner.

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The box jellyfish can eat its prey in less than one minute. It is not able to sting all predators, however, such as sea turtles. Sea turtles happily eat box jellyfish for a meal on a regular basis.

The box jellyfish is also known as a "sea wasp" or a "box jelly." This species of jellyfish is considered to be the most advanced out of all of the jellyfish species because they can move throughout the water instead of merely floating with the flow of the water as other jellyfish do.

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    What are some facts about the box jellyfish?

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    Box jellyfish live by the coasts of Australia and in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. They have up to 15 tentacles, which can reach 10 feet in length. Although they do not have a central nervous system, box jellyfish have advanced vision.

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    How do jellyfish eat?

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    Jellyfish eat their prey by first paralyzing them by stinging them, and then drawing the prey in through the mouth, which is a hole in the middle of the jellyfish's body, reports National Geographic. When the jellyfish has eaten and digested the prey, the waste is released through this same hole, or "mouth."

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    Where do box jellyfish live?

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    According to National Geographic, box jellyfish, also called sea wasps, live off the coastal waters of Northern Australia and throughout the Indo-Pacific. Box jellyfish also are frequently found off the coasts of Vietnam, Hawaii and the Philippines.

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    What types of jellyfish are in Florida?

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    Types of jellyfish in Florida include the moon jellyfish, the cannonball jellyfish, the sea nettle and the box jellyfish. Other jellyfish include the mushroom jelly. The Portuguese man-of-war isn't really a jellyfish, but looks and stings like one.

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