The sighting of a blue-ringed octopus on a Queensland beach has sparked a warning for locals and beachgoers to be on the lookout for the sea creatures.
Quinn Pryde told the Courier Mail he was walking on the foreshore of Bellara beach when his seven-year-old daughter raised the alarm.
“I was right beside my seven-year-old daughter Lacey when she said ‘Look, there’s an octopus’,” Mr Pryde explained.
“And I had a closer look and thought ‘that’s a blue-ringed octopus’.
“It has made me a lot more cautious. Lacey was pretty excited but a bit nervous about going swimming again.
"I know there’s dangerous things out there, there’s sharks and stuff, but a blue-ringed octopus is a bit different to me.”
While the blue-ringed octopus is largely uncommon throughout the Bribie island region, it’s nonetheless prompted a warning from experts to “look but don’t touch”.