Footage shared online shows a tourist risking their life when they picked up one of the world’s most venomous animals.
The video shows a close-up of the holidaymaker’s hand, in which there is a small, brown and yellow octopus with distinctive blue rings covering its body.
While it might look harmless to anyone who doesn’t know much about the creature, the pattern is actually a telltale sign that the tourist is holding a blue-ringed octopus, which can be extremely harmful – even deadly – to humans.
News.com.au explains the blue-ringed octopus is recognised as one of the world’s deadliest marine animals, and carries enough venom to kill 26 adult humans within minutes. It’s safe to say the tentacled beings shouldn’t be messed with!
Divers Alert Network adds that the blue-ringed octopus only displays its rings ‘when the animal is disturbed, hunting or mating’, otherwise it displays ‘overall yellowish, grey or beige coloration without any visible blue rings.’
Worryingly, the blue rings were clearly visible on the octopus in the video, suggesting the tourist could have been in some real danger if they’d held on to it for much longer, but they appeared to release it back into the sea quite swiftly.
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