An Australian woman swimming on a Sydney beach was seriously bitten several times by a deadly blue ringed octopus on Thursday, according to reports.
The woman, who is in her 30s, was at Chinamans Beach in Mosman when she was bitten on the stomach around 2:45 on Thursday afternoon, The Australian reported.
After learning of the attack, NSW Ambulance paramedics rushed to the scene and treated the woman on the Mossman area beach.
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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.
EMS said that when the octopus fell out of the shell, it bit the woman twice in the stomach.
“The bite of the blue-ringed octopus is a rare call for us, but it is extremely venomous,” said Christian Holmes, NSW Ambulance Inspector. “The patient was experiencing some abdominal pain around the site of the bite, so paramedics applied pressure and a cold compress before taking her to the Royal North Shore Hospital for observation and treatment for further symptoms.”
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The publication added that the blue-ringed octopus is one of the most toxic marine creatures in the world, as the poison is stronger than cyanide.
In fact, the Ocean Conservancy said the octopus, which is about the size of a golf ball, contains enough venom to kill 26 people within minutes.
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