Woman captures encounter with one of the world’s deadliest animals (and doesn’t realise)

<p>This TikTok user had a brush with danger </p>

This TikTok user had a brush with danger


A tourist unknowingly tested her luck after stopping for a video op while holding one of the world’s most dangerous animals.

User @kaylinmarie21 posted a TikTok with her holding a tiny little octopus - half the size of her palm - with a brown body and black circle, crawling around while other people frolicked in the sun on a holiday in Bali.

However, after a little Googling to find out what the creature was, she discovered that the little fella was a blue-ringed octopus, which experts view as one of the world’s most deadly sea creatures, with enough poison to kill 26 humans.

Scarier, it is often unable to know if you have been bitten until it’s too late.

Sharing this revelation online, it read: “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.”

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Ocean Conservancy said about the deadly little sea creature’s bites: “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 had the caption: “Going to Bali and unknowingly holding one of the most dangerous animals. Called my dad crying 3 hours later.”

Amazingly, she was unscathed from the encounter, but her video of the encounter amassed more than 2.6 million views.

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