An encounter that could have been fatal. A tourist on vacation in Bali posted a video on TikTok of her holding a blue-ringed octopus in her hands … unaware that the seemingly harmless little creature is actually extremely dangerous.
On the footage, viewed more than 5.5 million times on the social network, we can see the animal invertebrate aquatic crawling on the vacationer’s bare hands, far from imagining that this cephalopod is one of the most deadly specimens. in the world.
Fortunately for the young woman, the small soft-bodied octopus of the Octopodidae family, weighing on average about fifty grams, did not feel threatened, and thus did not bite her with its sharp beak.
She realized the danger she escaped after doing some Wikipedia research. After which she called her father and “cried for 3 hours”, she wrote in the caption of the video, posted this Monday, March 22, but shot about three years ago, when she was a student.
A VENOM 1,000 TIMES MORE TOXIC THAN CYANIDE
There is indeed something to panic about. Despite its small size (10 to 20 cm), the blue-ringed octopus contains enough venom to kill about 20 people.
Its poison, for which there is no antidote, is a thousand times more toxic than cyanide. It attacks the nervous system, paralyzes muscles, and can kill a human in just a few minutes.
Blue-ringed octopuses rarely live more than 4 years and feed mainly on crustaceans and small fish.