Terrifying moment when common octopus attacks author Lance Karlson in Geographe Bay in Dunsborough, WA

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Terrifying moment: huge octopus attacks a lifeguard standing on the beach – moments before wrapping its tentacles around its neck

  • A former lifeguard has been viciously attacked by an ‘angry’ octopus
  • The father-of-one was launched by the ‘sea monster’ in Dunsborough, WA
  • Mr Karlson described the animal as ‘the most evil octopus in Geographe Bay’

A former lifeguard has been attacked in an idyllic vacation spot by an ‘angry’ octopus that wrapped its tentacles around its neck.

Lance Karlson, 34, first saw the sea creature when it lashed out at a seagull near the Ramada resort at Geographe Bay in Dunsborough, Western Australia, while walking on the beach with his two-year-old daughter.

He filmed the octopus splashing in the crystal clear water, before hopping on his neck when he turned around.

The octopus would have grabbed his neck

The octopus would have grabbed his neck

“Angry” octopus lashed out at unsuspecting father, leaving vicious red marks on his neck

Mr. Karlson described the animal as ‘the most evil octopus in Geographe Bay’.

“I thought it was a stingray at first,” he told Daily Mail Australia.

[But then] I saw the tentacles of an octopus come out of the water and lash out at a seagull.

‘I walked up to the octopus with my daughter in my arms and took the video [and] the octopus lashed out at us. ‘

Author Lance Karlson called his attacker a 'sea monster' in a scathing social media post

Author Lance Karlson called his attacker a 'sea monster' in a scathing social media post

Author Lance Karlson called his attacker a ‘sea monster’ in a scathing social media post

Mr. Karlson said that when he went for a swim about 20 minutes later, he saw the ‘sea monster’ sitting on a large pile of crab shells.

While looking at the shells underwater, I was hit over my arm. I was then slapped around my neck again, ”he recalled.

My glasses were too fogged to see what had happened and I swam back to shore in pain [and] the prints of the tentacles quickly formed raised marks on my skin. ‘

The former lifeguard told his wife to pour Coke down his neck to stop the stabbing.

“We didn’t have any vinegar / acid to pour over the stitches, so my wife poured coke over me, which helped a lot,” he said.

“The pain went away quickly, it was more the physical blow that had hurt.”

Mr. Karlson was on vacation in Geographe Bay, Western Australia when the incident occurred

Mr. Karlson was on vacation in Geographe Bay, Western Australia when the incident occurred

Mr. Karlson was on vacation in Geographe Bay, Western Australia when the incident occurred

Mr. Karlson said he did not know the species, but it may have been an Octopus tetricus, also known as a ‘gloomy octopus’.

An octopus species closely related to the East Australian ‘gloomy octopus’ is found in Western Australia and has been known to hide in crevices on sand or mud.

The carnivore is considered harmless.

Geographe Bay (photo) is known as an idyllic vacation spot with crystal clear waters

Geographe Bay (photo) is known as an idyllic vacation spot with crystal clear waters

Geographe Bay (photo) is known as an idyllic vacation spot with crystal clear waters

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