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15th July 2021

By Karen Pickwick



A tourist had a lucky escape after holding a mysterious sea creature for a photograph…only to discover it was one of the world's most dangerous animals.

TikTok user @Kaylinmarie21 shared a video of her holding a small octopus – no bigger than the palm of her hand – with a brown body and dark circles.

But after posing for pictures, she looked it up online to find it was a blue-ringed octopus, which is recognised as one of the deadliest animals in the ocean, packing enough venom to kill 26 humans within minutes.

According to a report in the Daily Mirror, the online information reads: “Their bites are tiny and often painless, with many victims not realising they have been envenomated until respiratory depression and paralysis begins. No blue-ringed octopus anti-venom is available.”