Kaylin Philipps, an American Tiktok star recently shared a picture of herself holding the blue-ringed octopus. It is said to be one of the world’s most dangerous animals. Oblivious to the danger, she cradled the animal in her palm and clicked a picture.
“Going to Bali and unknowingly holding one of the most dangerous animals”, her post said. She had picked up the octopus at a beach in Bali mistaking it for a harmless exotic animal. She realised the danger only upon googling the animal up 3 hours later.
The creature, one of the most deadliest in the ocean, can kill a human within minutes with its venom causing respiratory arrest. A blue-ringed octopus’ venom contains neurotoxin tetrodotoxin, which can paralyse a human in minutes by stopping them from taking in enough oxygen. The bites are painless but fatal, causing paralysis in about 10 minutes.
Despite having formidable reputations and being incredibly common in coastal waters, blue-ringed octopuses are rarely encountered. Furthermore, the marine creatures often hide in crevices and shells and when threatened, they become covered with bright blue rings to warn predators.
There is no anti-venom for the blue-ringer octopus. Phillips shared there was another octopus that her two friends held, not considering it dangerous in any way. They had a lucky escape from serious injury and even death.