A tourist had a lucky escape after holding a mysterious sea creature for a photo – 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 as it crawled around and others splashed it with water during a trip to Bali.
But after posing for photos with the creature, she looked it up online to find it was a blue-ringed octopus – recognised as one of the most deadliest animals in the ocean, packing enough venom to kill 26 humans.
Even more frightening, it is reported that people may be completely unaware the octopus has bitten them until it’s too late.
Sharing the information she found online, it reads: “The blue-ringed octopus, despite its small size, carries enough venom to kill 26 adult humans within minutes.
“Their bits 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.”
Publishing findings on the effect of being bitten by the deadly creature, Ocean Conservancy says: “First, the venom blocks nerve signals throughout the body, causing muscle numbness.
“Other symptoms include nausea, vision loss or blindness, loss of senses and loss of motor skills.
“Ultimately, it will cause muscle paralysis —including the muscles needed for humans to breathe, leading to respiratory arrest. There is no known antidote, but victims can be saved if artificial respiration is started immediately.
The video was captioned: ‘Going to Bali and unknowingly holding one of the most dangerous animals’, adding: “Called my dad crying 3 hours later”. Thankfully, she was unharmed.
The clip has been viewed more than 2.6 million times as people were left horrified over the frightening incident.
One commented to say: “Seriously my HEART DROPPED. Oh my gosh, I have secondhand horror over this. Glad nothing bad happened!!”
A second wrote: “I’ve watched enough Animal Planet to know that beautiful animals with bright colours are no touching zone.”
And another added: “That’s why you don’t mess with wildlife, it’s not there for our entertainment and it doesn’t care if you’re being nice.”