A tourist has had a horrifyingly close call with a blue-ringed octopus – seemingly unaware of its ability to kill in just minutes.
Footage shared to Reddit from Chinese social media app Tik Tok shows the unwitting visitor cradling the deadly sea creature in their hand before vigorously shaking it off into shallow water before it manages to unleash its fatal poison.
“Such a beautiful octopus,” the mandarin reads on the caption of the video.
Stunned users took to Reddit to express their disbelief over the tourist’s brush with death, especially after their inability to handle the octopus with care.
“When they started shaking their hand to get it off, I literally squealed,” one user wrote.
“Nooooo, you’re gonna piss it off!”
“Do they even know how lucky they are to be alive after doing something that monumentally stupid??” another said.
“This is how tourists become statistics,” one user wrote while another pleaded: “Don’t do that!”
One user suggested the footage was filmed at a beach in Darwin.
A single bite from a blue-ringed octopus is enough to paralyse a human within minutes and can often lead to death.
The deadly creature has enough venom to kill 26 people.
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