Deadly Blue-Ringed Octopus Found At Popular Victorian Beach

It was found today.

Deadly Blue-Ringed Octopus Found At Popular Victorian Beach (Mornington Peninsula Shire/Mornington Peninsula Incident Alert)

A blue-ringed octopus has been pulled from the water of a popular beach on the Mornington Peninsula.

It was found at the Rye front beach foreshore amongst swimmers "in a very crowded area", according to local group Mornington Peninsula Incident Alert. 

It’s a timely reminder for swimmers, surfers and beachgoers to keep an eye out for the octopus, which spans approximately 12-20cm when outstretched.

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50-60 bright blue rings appear on their bodies when threatened, however they are naturally docile. 

The most common cause of a blue-ringed bite is to children handling them. 

A bite can cause paralysis or possible cardiac failure, however only two deaths have ever been recorded in Australia. 

There's no known antidote. 

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