Australia is known for its exotic, and sometimes dangerous, animals. They have the box jellyfish, some of the most dangerous sharks known to man and, of course, crocodiles. Locals are clearly aware of the dangers and keep their distance from these creatures, but sometimes tourists, who have little knowledge of the danger, do not.
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Take, for instance, a recent video that found its way onto Reddit and YouTube showing an unnamed man holding a blue-ringed octopus, one of the most venomous animals in the sea. According to The Points Guy, one sting from the sea-based animal has the power to kill 26 grown adults within a matter of minutes.
Don’t let the small stature of the animal put you off guard. According to Animal Spot, the blue-ringed octopus’ sting is so mild that many don’t even realize that they’ve been stung until they begin feeling symptoms of the poison.
To make matters worse, there is no known cure for the poison. Those unlucky enough to be stung by the creature are told to massage the area around the heart until, hopefully, the venom is dispelled from the body.
Once the video of the tourist holding the dangerous creature made its way to Reddit, many Australian users commented on the dangerous situation. One user even shared a story with Gizmodo.
The publication reported that a person was stung without knowing it. He went into full paralysis while he was laying face up staring at the sun.
The writer explained that his friend “survived, but nobody had really thought about the fact they’d been staring up into full midday sunlight for a couple of hours throughout the process with their eyes wide open, pupils fully dilated,” the user explained. “Total paralysis, easy for the first-aiders to not think to cover their eyes. Caused irreversible damage. They permanently lost their vision.”
The octopus is known to keep to itself and does not hurt anyone unless it is provoked. Luckily for this tourist, he held the creature for only a few seconds and then released it back into the sea without incident. It could have been much worse.
Perhaps before going on vacation, it would be a good idea to take a minute to learn about the indigenous animals that already occupy the place you plan to visit.