An Australian woman swimming on a Sydney beach was bitten several times by the dangerously fatal blue-ringed octopus on Thursday.
The Australian, a newspaper in Australia, reported that the woman, who is 30, was at Chinamans Beach in Mosman when she was bitten in the stomach at about 2.45pm on Thursday.
Upon learning of the attack, New South Wales Ambulance paramedics rushed to the scene and treated the woman on the beach in the Mosman area.
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According to a post from the ambulance company, the woman was swimming when she picked up a shell containing a small blue-ringed octopus.
When the octopus fell out of its shell, it bit the woman twice in the stomach, the EMS company said.
“A blue-ringed octopus bite is a rare call for us, but they are extremely venomous,” said NSW Ambulance Inspector Christian Holmes. “The patient suffered from abdominal pain around the bite site, so paramedics applied pressure and a cold compress before taking her to Royal North Shore hospital to be monitored and treated for further symptoms.”
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The post added that the blue-ringed octopus is one of the most venomous sea creatures in the world, with venom considered to be more potent than cyanide.
In fact, the Ocean Conservancy said the octopus, which is roughly the size of a golf ball, has enough venom to kill 26 humans in minutes.