Blue- ringed Oc­to­pus

Northern Living - - FEATURE -

The unique, blue- ringed pat­tern all over its body en­trances an observer, but this de­light­ful- look­ing an­i­mal is quite dan­ger­ous, given that a bite from its par­rot- like beak can in­tro­duce tetrodotoxin to the vic­tim’s sys­tem. Tetro­doxin: 1,200 times more poi­sonous than cyanide, can be deadly if not treated im­me­di­ately. First aid: While on the way to the hos­pi­tal, ap­ply pres­sure through a tourni­quet to keep the toxin from spread­ing through­out the body, re­mov­ing the ban­dage ev­ery 90 sec­onds then reap­ply­ing it again for 10 min­utes.

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