Swimmer made horrifying discovery inside her swimwear after taking a dip in the ocean – and she was still wearing them
- A woman has dodged death after finding a blue-ringed octopus in her bath
- Lisa Bryant encounters the creature after swimming at South Beach in Perth
- Without biting, Ms. Bryant scooped it up in a coffee cup and left it away from the swimmers.
- The venom of the blue-ringed octopus is so strong that it can kill more than 20 humans.
A beachgoer has survived a fatal encounter with a deadly blue-ringed octopus after it became trapped inside his swimwear after going for a swim.
Lisa Bryant was swimming at South Beach in South Fremantle, south-west Perth, when she made the shocking discovery on Thursday.
A 7 cm blue octopus was emerging from a shell it had put under its bathrobes for safekeeping some time ago.
A quick-thinking local trapped the creature in a coffee cup and moved it away from other swimmers, but not before photographing it.
A blue-ringed octopus bite contains enough venom to kill more than 20 humans, despite the marine creature being small and usually measuring about 8 cm in length.
Lisa Bryant was fortunately bitten by a blue-ringed octopus (pictured) which her swimmers found crawling from a shell found off South Beach, south-west of Perth.
Ms Bryant often collects shells and puts them under her swimwear, claiming she always shakes them to make sure there is nothing inside.
He didn’t see the octopus until about 20 minutes later, when he felt the shell bothering him.
Ms Bryant wrote in one: ‘If you’re swimming around South Beach, don’t be tempted to miss any shells from the ocean floor. Facebook post.
,[I] Retrieved said shell and a blue ring octopus flopped – my lucky day.’
According to the Department for Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, the bite causes no pain and often the mark can be difficult to find.
“I quickly looked to see if there were any marks and I got a little scratch,” Ms Bryant told Perth Now.
‘I started feeling weird and everyone on the beach was freaking out and telling me to go to the hospital.’
The blue-ringed octopus has enough venom to kill more than 20 people in a matter of minutes, despite being only 8 cm long (pictured, blue-ringed octopus).
The poison, called tetrodotoxin, induces paralysis, slowing the body down to a point at which they won’t be able to breathe and get enough oxygen.
There is no antivenom for tetrodotoxin, victims of a bite are only able to inhale the venom while on a ventilator until its effects wear off.
While a serious threat, blue-ringed bites have resulted in only a few casualties as the creatures are more likely to hide in small crevices rather than attack.
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