Bloody shell! Terrifying moment deadly octopus almost bites a young girl after crawling out of an empty bowl she picked up on the beach
- On Friday, a girl collected shells on Balmoral Beach, Sydney’s north coast
- When she showed her mother the shell, the blue-ringed octopus appeared
- Blue-ringed octopus bites can be deadly and can kill people
A man revealed a child’s terrifying encounter with a deadly blue-ringed octopus after crawling out of a bowl she was carrying.
The man shared a video of the deadly sea animal swimming in a blue bucket on social media on Friday.
He said it was found by a little girl on the north side of Balmoral Beach, on the north coast of Sydney.
The clip showed the octopus swimming in the bucket of sand on the bottom – the octopus seeming to be trying to climb up the toy walls.
The man shared a video of the deadly sea animal swimming in a blue bucket on social media on Friday
“A young girl was swimming and collecting shells and putting the shells in the top of her swimmers,” the video caption said.
“When she came back and took out the shells … the blue-ringed octopus fell out!”
The man said the girl’s mother almost suffered a ‘heart attack’ after seeing her child’s extremely close call.
He said that after the video was shot, he took the blue-ringed to a secluded part of the beach away from swimmers to release it.
Social media users were shocked by the find.
“My daughter and her friends found each other in the swimming area last year,” said a social media user.
Another said, “That’s so nice of you to move the little octopus.”
He said it was found on the north side of Balmoral Beach, on the north coast of Sydney, by a little girl (stock)
A third said, “They seem to be regular customers in the rock pools at Balmoral. It is best to leave it alone! ‘
The most common type of blue-ringed octopus in Sydney is the blue-lined octopus.
It is one of the six species of octopus found in Australia.
Despite its high toxicity, only three deaths have been recorded in the past century – two in Australia and one in Singapore.
Blue-ringed octopus bites
- The blue-ringed octopus bite is highly toxic to humans and emergency services should be called immediately if they occur
- Blue-ringed octopuses are not aggressive animals, and most cases of bites come from a person who picks up and handles the creature, or steps on it
- It injects its venom by biting – the venom is trapped in the salivary glands and the mouth of the octopus at the bottom center of the body
- Most bites cause minimal pain for the first 5-10 minutes, then start to throb and may go numb
- The bite can cause excessive bleeding, nausea, vomiting, vision changes, and difficulty swallowing
- After 10 minutes, the victim may have difficulty breathing, become paralyzed and need artificial respiration until it can be transported to a hospital
- The duration of life-threatening symptoms is usually 4 to 10 hours – after that surviving patients usually show rapid signs of improvement
- There is no antidote available for blue ring octopus bites
- In extreme cases, blue-ringed octopus bites can cause death from respiratory failure or cardiac arrest
- Despite its high toxicity, only three deaths have been recorded in the past century – two in Australia and one in Singapore