Tourist Has No Clue She’s Holding The World’s Deadliest Octopus

While on a trip to Bali, an American tourist unknowingly held the world’s deadliest octopus and recorded herself doing so.

When Kaylin Phillips was in Bali three years ago to film a documentary on animal welfare, she ended up having a free day to explore. Phillips went with her friends to a local beach and explored the tide-pools. Little did they know the danger that lie ahead.

As Phillips explained, she was enamored by the sea life in the tide-pools. What she saw was unlike the tide-pool creatures she was used to in the United States. One little creature that really caught her eye was a tiny, colorful octopus!

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Phillips scooped the octopus into her hands and recorded herself holding the little guy. The octopus was passed between her and a few friends, and she even spotted another one! She scooped that one up too, before quickly releasing it.

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After sharing pictures and videos of herself holding the adorable sea creature on her Instagram, one of her followers messaged her and let her know that what she was holding was a blue-ringed octopus: the most deadly octopus in the world.

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Despite its adorable appearance, the tiny blue-ringed octopus can kill adult humans in a matter of minutes. According to marine ecologist Erin Spencer of Ocean Conservancy, “Its bite is usually painless, so you might not know you’ve been bitten until it’s too late.”

He continued, explaining how the venom works:

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“First, the venom blocks nerve signals throughout the body, causing muscle numbness. Other symptoms include nausea, vision loss or blindness, loss of senses and loss of motor skills. Ultimately, it will cause muscle paralysis – including the muscles needed for humans to breathe, leading to respiratory arrest. There is no known antidote, but victims can be saved if artificial respiration is started immediately.”

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A lot of animals and sea creatures are venomous, but the blue-ringed octopus is one of the most dangerous animals on earth and is more venomous than any land mammal, according to the Ocean Conservancy.

Thankfully for Phillips, these octopi aren’t aggressive. However, they will bite if they feel threatened and should definitely not be handled. They warn predators by displaying their blue rings all over their bodies, which can be clearly seen on the octopus in Phillip’s hand.

After sharing the story of her near-death experiencing on social media, it quickly went viral. She wrote, “I actually held two of them in same day. I tried to feed them oranges and play with them for a solid 20 minutes.”


Called my dad crying 3 hours later in Bali🙃 #blueringoctopus #bali #uluwatu #fyp #imdumb #thanksjesuschrist #ShowerWithMoxie #EnvisionGreatness

♬ Oh No Oh No Oh No No No – Dubskie

Of course, it’s never a good idea to directly interact with wildlife. Instead, it’s better to just look at wildlife and appreciate its beauty. Many people commented on her video, reminding her that it’s never ok to handle wild creatures, poisonous or not.

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Hopefully this experience serves as a good reminder to leave wild animals alone! Phillips is one lucky lady to be alive.

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