TikTok users were quick to jump to the comments section to warn this Australian woman about the tiny creature that she was seen cradling in her hand in her video. People in the comments simply asked her to run and if she doesn’t love her life? Reportedly, the tiny sea creature that she was holding is a deadly blue-ringed octopus whose venom, tetrodotoxin, acts as a paralytic to its predators. It is extremely toxic if a human comes in contact with it.
An Australian woman didn’t know that she was putting her life in danger when she picked up a cute and tiny octopus, only for it to be one of the deadliest creatures.
Taking to TikTok, she shared a video of herself cradling the tiny creature when many people jumped to the comments section to warn her about the deadly sea creature.
The animal, which was found in Australia, is a blue-ringed octopus.
The TikTok user @katapillah captioned her video: “The dangerously beautiful sea.”
The Marine Bio says that the octopus secretes two types of venom to use against prey and predators.
And the most horrifying part is that the blue-ringed octopus’ venoms is used for hunting crabs and shrimp, which it feeds on, while the other venom, tetrodotoxin, acts as a paralytic to its predators. It is extremely toxic if a human comes in contact with it.
“The venoms are secreted into the blue ringed octopus’ saliva, but the mechanism for poisoning its victim is not well understood. Either the venom is expelled in the saliva into the water or the octopus bites its prey or predator,” reads the website.
“All Aussies just gulped and shook there heads,” one person wrote.
One person sharply added, “Natural selection at its best.”
@katapillah The dangerously beautiful sea 🌊 #fyp #ocean #blueringedoctopus #immune #stillalive #nature #sealife ♬ Under the Sea (Instrumental) [From “The Little Mermaid”] – London Music Works
TikTok was quick to warn her about the deadly sea creature
One comment read: “OMFG why would you? you’re lucky to still be here. mind you they are pretty elusive… most Aussies won’t ever see one. but we all know not to touch.”
“Mate do enjoying dying or something?!!!!! It’s a blue ring octopus throw it back n runnnnnnn,” warned one user.
After a TikToker commented saying that the person who posted the video was “very lucky,” they admitted in a reply that they didn’t know “until a half-hour later what it was.”