MadSci Network: General Biology

Re: Why does a jellyfish only sting where a person has hair?

Date: Mon Sep 6 18:50:31 1999
Posted By: Bryan Grieg Fry, Ph.D. student (Biochemistry), Centre for Drug Design & Development
Area of science: General Biology
ID: 934690669.Gb

I suspect this is more to due with the palm of the hand having greater skin 
thickness.  Otherwise, shaving your legs would be a good deterrent to 
jellyfish stings  ;-)

Bryan Grieg Fry
Australian Venom & Toxin Database

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