Tourists Play With Deadly Octopus That Possesses Enough Venom to Kill 26 People

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Two British backpackers fishing in Australia are lucky to be alive after messing around with a tiny blue-ringed octopus, whose painless bite can kill up to 26 adults in minutes.

A viral video posted on a Facebook group for backpackers shows ‘daredevils’ Ross Saunders and Johnpaul Lennon dangling a blue-ringed octopus and gently putting it on their skin, completely oblivious to the fact that a single bite could result in a painful death. The two adventurers had been fishing in Australia when they caught the yellow and blue spotted octopus, only instead of keeping it as far away as possible, they decided to play chicken with it, dangling the creature against their bare arms while laughing.

The blue-ringed octopus is one of Australia’s most deadly animals. Its small body carries enough venom to kill 26 adult humans, and experts say that people may not even feel when their bitten. But within minutes complete paralysis of the breathing muscles occur. These two are extremely lucky to be alive after their dangerous stunt.