A serious threat in the coastal waters of Australia for those who wish to explore is the little blue ring octopus.
One of the most poisonous sea creatures in existence is found off the coast of Australia. The Blue Ring Octopus is also found near New Guinea as well as the Phillipines.
Blue Ring Octopus
This small creature, about the size of a golf ball, or even smaller at times, is highly toxic to humans and there is no known antivenin for the venom of the Blue Ring Octopus, which is highly poisonous. The venom of the Blue Ring Octopus contains neuro toxins, and can lead to paralysis, and will, if left untreated, end up in cardiac arrest for the victim.
The Tiny but VERY poisonous Blue Ring Octopus
The venom is such that the victim is aware of his surroundings, and is able to understand what is taking place, but can not breath or move. The tiny poison octopus carries enough venom to kill about twenty six humans.It is possible to make a recovery from the venom though provided that supportive care is given to the victim of the bite. Rescue breathing for several hours will be necessary.The Blue Ring Octopus is a very reclusive and secretive creature so its encounters with men are quite rare, which, considering the highly toxic nature of the animals is fortunate.
The Blue Ring is actually quite a timid animal, which will seclude itself in the cracks and crevices between rocks during the day and come out at night to hunt for crabs, which is its primary prey.
The Blue Ring will also eat shrimp and may feed on fish if they are able to capture them. The Blue ring will dive onto its prey and using their venom paralyze the victim then using their beaks will tear away at the victim.
Blue Ring Octopus
Growing to just about twelve centimeters the Blue Ring Octopus packs a lot of poison for its tiny punch.