Bonaire Banded Box Jelly

Kingdom Animalia

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Tamoya ohboya

Location: Bonaire, Netherlands (Dutch Caribbean)

  • venomous box jelly
  • online competition to name this new species
  • ohboya was the winner, a name suggested by high school biology teacher Lisa Peck. Ms. Peck presumed people must exclaim “Oh Boy!” when they first encounter this amazing jelly – including swimmers, scuba divers, scientists, and even doctors who have treated victims of its serious stings.

Bonaire banded box jelly - Tamoya ohboya