Australian woman hospitalized after deadly blue-ringed octopus bit her multiple times
Australian woman A swimmer on a beach in Sydney was reportedly bitten several times by a deadly blue-ringed octopus on Thursday.
An Australian newspaper in Australia reported that a 30-year-old woman was on Chinamance Beach in Mosman when she was bitten on the stomach around 2:45 pm Thursday.
Upon learning of the attack, paramedics from a New South Wales ambulance arrived at the scene and treated the woman on the beach in the Mosman area.
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According to the ambulance service, the woman was swimming when she picked up a shell with a small blue-ringed octopus.
When the octopus fell out of its shell, it bit the woman twice on the stomach, EMS said.
“The bite of the blue-ringed octopus is rare for us, but it is extremely poisonous,” said New South Wales Ambulance Inspector Christian Holmes. “The patient experienced some abdominal pain around the bite place, so paramedics applied pressure and a cold compress before taking her to Royal North Shore Hospital for observation and treatment for further symptoms.”
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The report added that the blue-ringed octopus is one of the most venomous sea creatures in the world, with the venom thought to be more potent than cyanide.
In fact, the Ocean Conservancy has stated that a golf ball-sized octopus has enough venom to kill 26 people within minutes.