The Blue Ringed Octopus:
(Species Hapalochaena maculosa,
— Hapalochlaena lunulata
can grow up to 20 cm across its out-stretched tentacles.
— Hapalochlaena maculosa grows up to only 10 cm and
can weigh approximately up to 26 grams.
Found mainly in tidal rock pools around Australia, the Blue
Ringed Octopus are easily identifiable by the distinctive blue
rings, hence its name. The venom contains tetrodotoxin, that is
enough poison to kill more than 20 adults within minutes. Effects of
neurological problems include numbness or paraesthesia, weakness,
breathing difficulties, paralysis and unable to respond, sometimes
with fixed dilated pupils. The first aid used for this type of bite
is the pressure-immobilisation technique, firm pressure is applied over the bitten area and the limb is
immobilised. The patient should be immediately taken to the nearest