'Best Job' Winner Stung by Lethal Jellyfish

Southall survives worst day of dream work
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2009 2:12 AM CST
A tiny but fully grown deadly Irukandji jellyfish lies next to match sticks to demonstrate how small it is. The jellyfish is almost invisible in the water, but its sting has been known to kill humans.   (AP Photo/Brian Cassey, File)
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(Newser) – Contest winner Ben Southall is recovering after his final week in "the world's best job" nearly became his last week alive. The 34-year-old Englishman, who beat thousands of other applicants to land a 6-month $150,000 job as caretaker of a Great Barrier Reef island, was stung by a tiny but potentially lethal jellyfish while jet-skiing this week, the BBC reports.

Southall received immediate medical treatment after the sting. "I thought I'd done particularly well at avoiding any contact with any of the dangerous critters that consider this part of the world their home," Southall wrote. "I've avoided being boxed by a kangaroo, nibbled by a shark and bitten by a spider or a snake—but then in my final few days on Hamilton Island I fell afoul of a miniscule little creature known as an Irukandji." (Read more Australia stories.)

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