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A Tourist Was Not Aware of Holding the World’s Most Poisonous Octopus


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A tourist from the United States has gone viral on TikTok social media. The tourist, whose name is Kaylin Philips, caught the attention of netizens after she uploaded a video holding a blue ring octopus which is notoriously deadly while on vacation in Bali, Indonesia.

Interestingly, Kaylin admitted that she was not aware that the blue-ring octopus she was holding was poisonous.

“Cheers for being alive,” wrote Kaylin at the end of the TikTok video.

Kaylin said the video was taken three years ago.

“I remember when we saw this little boy (blue-ringed octopus) swimming, we went over to him. There were about three of us holding him and we didn’t think anything about that, “she added.

photo by Kaylin Philips

“We saw a similar (blue-ringed octopus), took that one too.”

Until now, the post late ticktock video has been seen by 10.7 million and grossed 1.8 million users likes, and more than 21 thousand comments.

In the TikTok video, the octopus Kaylin is holding is very similar to the usual blue-ringed octopus. The octopus is brownish yellow with a blue circle in the shape of a ring all over its body.

According to the Healthline report, blue-ringed octopuses are generally small in size. They are no more than about 2.5 inches long, with sleeves about 4 inches. These octopuses are generally only yellow or sand-colored, and when they are about to attack, a bright blue ring will appear on their body.

At least, there are several species of blue-ringed octopuses in the world. They are part of a genus known as Hapalochlaena. The blue-ringed octopus lives in the Pacific Ocean between Australia and Japan and also on the western Indo-Pacific islands.

The blue-ringed octopus is known as one of the most poisonous octopuses in the world. Although they rarely bite humans, the venom in blue-ringed octopus bites can be deadly to humans.

Its venom can kill more than 20 humans in just a few minutes, according to an Ocean Conservancy report. Blue-ringed octopuses won’t bite unless they feel hooked.

There have been very few reports of deaths from blue-ringed octopus bites in recent decades. One study in 2008 noted that there were three human deaths caused by this one deadly octopus.

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