A man taking his beloved pet dog for a walk along the beach had a close shave with a deadly sea creature.
Jesse Donnison and his pooch Otto were playing fetch in Blackwattle Bay, Australia when he noticed something strange in the water.
At first glance, it appeared to be an expensive dog toy floating just off the shore – but that wasn’t all that was laying in wait.
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When he grabbed the toy from the waves, and “freaked out” when a tentacle popped out of the ball.
Inside the toy was a blue-ringed octopus, one of the most venomous sea creatures in the world.
The deadly creature contains enough venom to kill 26 adult humans within minutes.
After recognising what was in his hand Donnison panicked and threw the toy – and his heart stopped as his dog immediately chased after it.
Speaking to NCA NewsWire, he said: “I just thought it had algae or something like that on it but then a tentacle popped out.
“As soon as that tentacle came out, I knew there was only one creature it could be,” he said of the blue-ringed octopus.
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“I dropped it pretty quickly, more than anything I was worried about the dog. Otto tried to get onto the ball immediately.
“Lucky I even looked and didn’t just chuck it for the dog to go and grab.”
Donnison described the octopus as a green seaweed colour initially but said the more it moved the more it began to show its blue rings.
Despite being one of the most deadly creatures, because of their size, the octopus bites are tiny and often painless.
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Symptoms of their venom include respiratory arrest, heart failure, paralysis, blindness and eventually death from suffocation.
Though they are venomous, the octopuses are relatively docile, only showing their bright blue rings and becoming dangerous to humans when they believe they’re being threatened.
News.au.com recently reported that a woman was lucky to escape with her life after she was bitten multiple times by the same creature.
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She was bitten several times on her stomach on Thursday afternoon while visiting Chinamans Beach in Mosman.
“This woman was swimming and picked up a shell. It contained a small blue-ringed octopus which fell out and bit her twice on the stomach,” NSW Ambulance Inspector Christian Holmes said.
“The patient was experiencing some abdominal pain around the bite site, so paramedics applied pressure and a cold compress before taking her to the hospital to be monitored and treated for further symptoms.
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