How often have People been Attacked by Octopuses and How Dangerous or Poisonous are they?

In the scary movies, the giant tentacles of an Octopus wrap around a victim and pull them down into the octopus’s garden.

Except for the dangerous rubberized special-effects kind, there’s no verified record of an octopus actually doing this. Ironically, it isn’t the giant octopus you need to watch out for, but a tiny one that’s small enough to fit inside a lunchbox thermos bottle.

Found in the South Pacific, the blue-ringed octopus is petite, colorful, and cute enough that people sometimes decide to pick it up and get a closer look.

It isn’t until they get bitten and find themselves severely dead that they discover the blue-ringed octopus is perhaps the most poisonous of all.

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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