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.

how often have people been attacked by octopuses and how dangerous or poisonous are they

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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