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(News.com.au)   Australian boy in hospital after getting bitten by an octopus   ( news.com.au) divider line
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2006-10-08 02:02:26 PM  
Three year-old twins playing with a deadly octopus. Get a clue, parents!
2006-10-08 02:03:03 PM  
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2006-10-08 02:03:14 PM  
As a proud Australian i demand a Crikey tag in honour of steve irwin. To be used in all things australian and if anyone gets attacked by an animal.
2006-10-08 02:08:35 PM  
Not Australian, but Pilots Curse has a good point. I second the motion.
2006-10-08 02:09:42 PM  

The stingray would kick its ass!
2006-10-08 02:14:07 PM  
Cue pictures of the Funnel Web spider, clock spider etc. in 3,2,1..

2006-10-08 02:16:35 PM  
Pat Robertson says that god is mad at Australia for being such heathen sinners.
2006-10-08 02:21:39 PM  
I was under the impression that there wasn't a solid piece to their body cause they can squeeze into just about ANYTHING. But if they don't have beaks how does it inject venom?
2006-10-08 02:26:48 PM  
A dingo ate my baby.
2006-10-08 02:26:51 PM  

They do have beaks. They're pretty small, though, so they're not much of a hindrance to squeezing through things.
2006-10-08 02:30:07 PM  
boy in hospital
been bitten in the aussie
by an octopus
2006-10-08 02:30:16 PM  
Man, I thought ALL Australian parents knew the risk of letting kids play in rockpools without checking for these little bastards 1st.

They can be tiny, but they pack a punch!

If the marine life doesn't get ya, the drop-bears will.
2006-10-08 02:31:30 PM  
Damn right! Our country has the most random assortment of posionous, dangerous and awesome animals in my opinion and i think we deserve a Crikey tag.
2006-10-08 02:34:15 PM  
Another vote for the Crikey tag.
2006-10-08 02:35:52 PM  
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Did it put its testicles all over him?
2006-10-08 02:57:56 PM  
Jane Moss said today her son Anthony had been playing with the blue-ringed octopus in the shallows at Suttons Beach at Redcliffe, north of Brisbane, when it bit him yesterday.

That's Aussie comedy gold.
2006-10-08 02:59:21 PM  
Zombie Steve Irwin is not amused.

/one more vote for CRIKEY! tag
2006-10-08 03:07:30 PM  
JNN, from what movie is that still?
2006-10-08 03:11:53 PM  
JNN, from what movie is that still?

That'd be Better Off Dead.
2006-10-08 03:12:26 PM  
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/Wanted for leaving the sceen of a crime.
2006-10-08 03:59:54 PM  
at80eighty: Not even the enchanting Bryce Howard could make me sit thru that tripe

I agree!

2006-10-08 04:36:08 PM  
i do believe this is one of those times that Darwin almost won, and quite rightly should have. Can somone cue that pic of Darwin saying he almost had one?
2006-10-08 05:02:44 PM  
For educational purposes:

Australia has 3 species of blue-ringed octopus - Haplochlena maculosa, H. lunulata, and H. fasciata if memory serves. Like almost all octopuses, they posess venom (though it is not injected into a bite - it's produced by the salivary glands, and is basically spit into the wound). The danger with these little guys (all 3 blue-ring species are smaller than a golf ball) is that their venom contains tetradotoxin, the same compound present in fugu pufferfish and golden arrow-poison frogs.

Tetradotoxin is a potent neurotoxin that acts primarily as a paralytic agent. Apparently, those bitten by a blue-ring are more or less conscious for a while after the venom sets in, but unable to speak or move. A story goes that a fellow bitten heard a man bend over him on the beach when everyone was gathering around him and say: "I think that chap's had it." It's so potent that blue-rings have been known to spit into the water and use their siphon to blow the venom into cracks and crevices to gas their prey, eliminating all the muss and fuss of chasing it down

Blue-rings are by no means aggressive - like all octopuses, they are extremely timid. All bites reported from them (and there are relatively few) occur when ignorant kids or complete idiots fark with them til' they can't takes no more. Yes, that kid's parents were complete boneheads.

Yes, octopuses can squeeze through fantastically tiny holes, but are limited by the size of their beaks. With an octopus the size of a blue-ring, that would mean they could squeeze through a hole the size of a chickpea, or a hole punched in a sheet of paper.
2006-10-08 05:43:59 PM  
Spidey88: For educational purposes:

Ok smart guy, what do they TASTE like?
2006-10-08 05:53:49 PM  
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2006-10-08 06:29:44 PM  
Alright, this is just retarded. Why in the hell would you let your kids play with any sort of Australian sea life? 75+% of it is poisonous and most of it would be deadly to a tiny kid. Freakin' A. I mean hell, the octopus is straight telling you he's poisonous with the bright colors and the big ass hooked beak.
2006-10-08 06:53:32 PM  
i'm sorry, but that's darwinism-by-proxy. idiot mother, poor kid.

i mean, i didn't know they were poisonous, but i wouldn't let my kids DISTURB the sea life. it's their living room, we're just visiting.

2006-10-08 06:55:19 PM  
I'm amazed that the parents seemed to know what the kid was playing with, but didn't know that it was dangerous. Everyone here knows what a Blue Ring Octopus is.

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/another vote for the Crikey! Tag
2006-10-08 06:55:28 PM  
Anti_Freak_Machine: Ok smart guy, what do they TASTE like?


Seriously, octopus tastes pretty much the same as squid, which tastes like ... nothing in particular.
2006-10-08 07:01:17 PM  
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2006-10-08 07:52:12 PM  
I doubt the parents "let the kid play with it." If your kid is playing in a tide pool (where these little guys hunt), you would probably not see it until it is too late. The truly scary thing about blue ring octopus is that you see them in pet stores from time to time. With no warning about how deadly they are. The worst part is that they only have about a 6 month life span, so by the time they are big enough to be caught and put in a pet store, they probably only have 1 or 2 months left.
2006-10-08 07:57:40 PM  
Oh, here's some info on TTX, the neurotoxin found in the Blue Ring octopus saliva (it's produced by a bacteria, not the octo):

The LD-50 in mice is about 10 micrograms per kilogram. See:
2006-10-08 07:57:51 PM  
Completely the fault of the idiot parents! Why do these people even have children? There are kids on my block that constantly play in the middle of the street and have even layed in the middle of the street on their skateboard. I have never seen a parent outside.
2006-10-08 08:09:32 PM  
A little late, but...

Kudos to farkulous! and the_moonman I haven't the faintest idea.
2006-10-08 08:12:42 PM  
Nasti Asti:

Never heard of this. My last bf, was a spelunker, he kept reminding me of my deep personality, and something about a deafening echo.

He was probably just under endowed, and you shouldn't feel self-conscious about it. Still, Kegel exercises might help, and wouldn't hurt.

Back the topic, if children were taught proper sex education in school, they would know that they need to remove the beak before having sex with either a squid or an octopus. Only the most leathery weather-beaten types should ever attempt to insert their penises into an un-debeaked octopus and even then, only for a bar bet.
2006-10-08 08:25:43 PM  
Octopus takes like rubbery fish or shrimp.

2006-10-08 08:49:22 PM  
Mmmmm, calamari.
2006-10-08 09:12:28 PM  
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Can't trust 'em behind the wheel, either.
2006-10-08 09:45:45 PM  
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Here's one I photographed last year... attracted it into my jar with a green laser pointer. I used to keep these guys as pets but my wife won't allow it anymore. They sell them is a number of Aquariums here for $70 but they tend to opnly live for about 4-6 months. They grow to a maximum size of 4 inches across (across the tentacle tips) so they're really tiny.


Got to be careful when putting fingers near the tank water because they eject their venom into the water as they feed... a cut on the finger - even a scratch- and it's all over. They can also fit into anything that they can get their tiny 3mm wide beak into so they have a habit of getting into the filter system etc.

They really flash their blue colours when they feed or get pissed.
2006-10-08 10:47:52 PM  
When I was a kid growing up here in Australia I once read a book about the dangerous marine animals here...

I got so scared I didn't even want to go into fresh water rivers.

I still get a tingle of fear when walking around rock shallows around the beaches of Sydney.
2006-10-09 12:15:54 AM  

Is every animal is Australia venomous?

No, but the ones that are tend to be pretty lethal.

Australia has something like 7 of the world's 10 most poisonous beasties.

/IIRC, it's more accurate to say that we have 7 of the world's 7 most poisonous animals
2006-10-09 12:27:19 AM  
Australia is tops, we just have the problem with all the bad things that can kill you dead.
But see we don't really give a hooha about these kids that die from octopus bites coz it happens all the time....... well, I know I don't give a hooha, there's probly other australian farkers online that do.
2006-10-09 01:57:14 AM  
Come to Australia
By The Scared Weird Little Guys

Redback, Funnel-Web, Blue-ringed octopus
Taipan, Tigersnake and a Box jellyfish
Stonefish and the poison thing that lives in a shell
That spikes you when you pick it up

Come to Australia
You might accidentally get killed

Your life's constantly under threat
Have you been bitten yet?
You've only got three minutes left
Before a massive coronary breakdown

Redback, Funnel-Web, Blue-ringed octopus
Tiapan, Tigersnake and a Box jellyfish
Big shark just waiting for you to go swimming
At Bondi Beach

Come to Australia
You might accidentally get killed
Your blood is bound to be spilled
With fear your pants will be filled
Because you might accidentally get killed
2006-10-09 03:16:19 AM  
crikey tag!
2006-10-09 03:23:27 AM  
2006-10-08 02:09:42 PM Combine_Orgasm


The stingray would kick its ass!
i vote for the octopus, the stingray wouldn;t even feel it until it slipped into sweet slumber
2006-10-09 09:19:03 AM  
Step 1.) Stingray kills famous celebrity, igniting the great sea-to-land war for conquest.
Step 2.) Ineffective stingray murders in retaliation
Step 3.) Stingrays recruit Octopi
Step 4-327.) In progress
2006-10-09 06:15:04 PM  
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