ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — What's been called the "Best Job in the World" has proved to have an unexpected sting for the British man who holds it.
Ben Southall was bitten by a potentially lethal jellyfish this week off the tropical Australian island where he's been living the past six months, writing a blog aimed at increasing tourism to the Great Barrier Reef.
Southall says it was just a "small bee-like sting" on his arm, but led to fever, headache, lower back pain, chest tightness and high blood pressure. A doctor treated him with antibiotics, and he slept off the effects of the venom overnight.
Southall says he's now feeling well, and enjoying his last week on the job. He beat out almost 35,000 applicants for the adventure, which includes a $120,000 salary.
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Ben Southall headshot, British charity worker and winner of "Best Job in the World", a contract to serve as the caretaker of a tropical island in Queensland, Australia, video still