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The world's most venomous octopus held in the palm of your hand

Unaware of the danger, a woman recorded a video of the world’s most venomous octopus on her hand. She decided to share her video with the world and posted it on TikTok. Users of the site quickly informed her what she was dealing with. Doing something stupid and showing it off to the world is
Published: March 30, 2021 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 22:16
The world’s most venomous octopus held in the palm of your hand

Unaware of the danger, a woman recorded a video of the world’s most venomous octopus on her hand. She decided to share her video with the world and posted it on TikTok. Users of the site quickly informed her what she was dealing with.

Doing something stupid and showing it off to the world is a well-known recipe for a moment of fleeting fame. Unknowingly, but nonetheless, Kaylin Phillips decided to use this recipe. A video posted on TikTok with the world’s most venomous octopus on her hand instantly went viral.

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To date, it has already been viewed by nearly 11 million people, leaving more than 21,000 comments. It was from internet users that the girl found out that the octopus could have been the last animal she had to deal with in her life. And not just any animal! This sweetheart is the Hapalochlaena octopus and it ranks at the bottom of the podium of the most venomous creatures in the world.

Moreover, the probability of learning the power of the venom of the species Hapalochlaena (Blue-ringed octopus) was twofold. For it turns out that the girl held two such octopuses on her hand for nearly 20 minutes. By her own admission, she watched them and tried to feed them with oranges…

It is worth emphasising that octopus Hapalochlaena is not only one of the most venomous species in the world. The key point here is that there is no antidote to its venom. We are talking about a substance known as tetrodotoxin or TTX. How does it work? It paralyses the body within minutes and ultimately prevents the supply of oxygen, leading to death.

Through her profile, the girl explained that the recording was made three years ago. At the time, she was in Bali to study abroad and work on a documentary about… animal welfare.

Most divers knowthat underwater we see, but we don’t touch. The above story should be an excellent explanation of why.

Photo: Flickr/Rickard Zerpe

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Marcin Pawełczyk
Marcin’s journey with diving has been an adventure. Starting as a recreational diver, he soon found himself drawn to the fascinating stories and mysteries of Baltic wrecks. After gaining experience, Marcin decided to go beyond just leisurely exploration and took his training up a notch by completing the TMX course, allowing him to explore even deeper and uncover the secrets of inaccessible places. His next challenge has been cave diving, where he is honing his skills to become a certified diver. Not content to simply take in the breathtaking beauty of underwater life, Marcin has also embraced underwater photography since 2018, capturing stunning shots that bring these worlds alive for those who are unable to experience them first-hand. Marcin’s passion for the underwater has taken him far and is sure to continue doing so as he dives into new depths and captures breathtaking images.
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