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Tourist escapes death after holding deadly blue-ringed octopus that can ‘kill in seconds

OBLIVIOUS tourist narrowly escaped death after holding a blue-ringed octopus capable of killing 26 humans within minutes. 

Kaylin Phillips shared a video on TikTok which showed her with the lethal creature in her palm, completely unware that she was risking imminent death. 

Kaylin posted the video with the title “going to Bali and unknowingly holding one of the most dangerous animals”.

Little did she know at the time, but the blue-ringed octopus’ venom contains the powerful neurotoxin tetrodotoxin, which can cause death by respiratory arrest within minutes.

After Kaylin looked up the species she realised how close she had been to death as she held the critter in her hand on the Indonesian island. 

The venom, tetrodotoxin, can paralyse a human in minutes, depriving the body of oxygen and causing death in serious cases. 

Most bites are initially not painful but may begin to throb and feel numb after 10 minutes.

A man in Australia managed to dodge death after being attacked by a blue-ringed octopus hiding in a shell.

Aaron Pix, 42, was rushed to hospital after his daughter Sophie, 11, had handed him a shell she had found while swimming with her brother Will, seven, on Quindalup beach near Perth.

Mr Pix told Perth Now: “When I pulled the shells out at home to clean them, there was this blue-ringed octopus in my hand.”

But to his horror he then discovered another one was loose in his pocket.

Medics believed his leg had been brushed by one of the deadly mollusc’s tentacles but luckily had provoked a mild reaction.

Death follows within minutes if untreated.

He said: “It is pretty scary to think I could have been bitten and died in front of my kids on Christmas Eve.”


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