blue-ringed octopus


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blue-ringed octopus

n
(Animals) a highly venomous octopus, Octopus maculosus, of E Australia which exhibits blue bands on its tentacles when disturbed
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John Paul Lennon spoke to the Mirror from Australia after his near miss with a blue-ringed octopus in Bundaberg, Queensland.
He said: "Been an interesting two day introduction to fishing...caught a blue-ringed octopus, one of the most dangerous animals in the world and didn't even realise."
Marine biologists have listed the hell's fire sea anemone as among the world's toxic and stinging sea creatures, along with the sea wasp box jellyfish, Irukandji jellyfish, Portuguese man o'war, cannonball jellyfish, moon jellyfish, lion's mane jellyfish, crown-of-thorns sea star, textile cone, reef stonefish, banded sea krait, short-tail stingray, soft sea slugs or nudibranchs, lionfish, puffer fish, scorpionfish, Caribbean fire coral, blue-ringed octopus, stargazer fish, striped eel catfish and sea nettle.
Tetrodotoxin is a heat-stable and acid-stable, nonprotein, alkaloid toxin found in many species of the fish family Tetraodontidae (puffer fish) as well as in certain gobies, amphibians, invertebrates, and the blue-ringed octopus (2).
One sufferer told the team that his phobia had been triggered when he saw a blue-ringed octopus, one of the most poisonous animals in the world.