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Blue Ringed Octopus - Warning!

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    Guest katsmajic

    Just be aware these little (they are tiny) critters are out and about.

     

    Daughter has been hospitalised, thankfully not a full bite or she wouldnt have made it to hospital...thank god she was with Aussie mates who knew what to do with her!

     

    She was jumping off the rocks at port noarlunga - bottom of the wooden steps at southport beach, then climbing back up the rocks, thought she had jagged her foot on the rocks.

    Quite quickly overcome - saw the poison working up her foot/leg and went dizzy/sick/slurring etc.

     

    Going to take a while to get over but thankfully she will make a full recovery. She cant talk properly but thats prob a blessing in disguise.

     

    The BRO have recently had their babies, the mums are protective but also dying - so looks like it was a dying one that got her as not as toxic as usual.

     

    They hang out in rockpools usually, and discarded cans/bottles etc, port noarlunga beach has them in the rock pools there and along seaford/southport etc. They are very pretty - but deadly, usually causing paralysis which causes death. There is NO antidote!

     

    http://www.usq.edu.au/users/weppner/dangerous/blue_ringed_octopus.htm

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    Bloody Hell!!!!

     

    I wish her all the best and a speedy recovery.

     

    Thank you so much for posting this though as my kids are in and out of the water all the time, especially in the rock pools.

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    Guest Kazzarazza

    OMG - you're poor girl. Thank God her friends knew what to do - pressure on the bite and hospital treament quickly. I've never seen them in Adelaide waters before, I thought they were only in the tropics - they are very common in NSW and QLD, especially the Barrier Reef area and Moreton Bay. Hope it doesn't put your little girl off going back in the water, maybe just keep away from the rock pools.

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    Guest Guest75

    Thank goodness your daughter did not get a fill dose!!!

     

    Phew!

     

    Hope she is OK soon.

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    Guest katsmajic

    Thanks guys, thank god shes ok, sounds like shes had a stroke and cant walk properly but shes alive and moaning! Will be all ok in a week apparently.

     

    Shes 16, was climbing up rocks after leaping off into the water, not in a rock pool - lots of little crevices there that a BRO obviously had holed up in.

     

    :notworthy: to Aussie kids and hospital!

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    Guest katsmajic

    After this scare though definately train your kids up on the dangers - and keep surf shoes/jelly shoes on them if theyre going in rock pools.

    My little kids wont be going in rockpools anymore! learnt a valuable lesson.

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    Guest cazzie

    God, that is just so awful! Thank goodness for the Aussies who knew what they were doing. I hope your daughter recovers fully and quickly. Take care and thanks for warning the rest of us.

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    Guest Nick11

    Apparently its well know around there. Told my daughter and she said the kids in her class told her it was a big no no.

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    Guest donna T

    Oh the poor thing - and how scared you must have been. Wishing her a very speedy recoveryt and a big glass of wine to you

    Donna x

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    Guest theforrests

    What a nasty scare - glad to hear your daughter is on the mend and thanks for warning us all. I certainly had no idea they were to be found at Port Noarlunga.

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    Guest caoimhe

    OMG:shocked: you must have been terrifed. Glad to hear she is making a full recovery. It's things like this that scare me about going.

    Hope she feels better soon:wubclub:

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    Guest Pesky Varmit

    Glad to hear your daughter is making a good recovery - that was some care for you all.

    Also, just to warn others that we also have found them at Hallett Cove too in the rock pools ......be careful everyone. I think they can be found in most coastal areas in South Australia.

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    Guest Roo1

    Good to hear your daughter is recovering but :shocked: what a nasty shock.

     

    It was the first time (saturday just gone) that I learnt about the blue ringed Octopus.

     

    My boy has just joined the Tiny Tots at Seacliff Surf Club and they spent an hour hunting around the rock pools and learning about the little creatures.

     

    The teacher explained to us all (mums and dads aswell) about these nasty critters and we were to be on our guard!!

     

    Now that we know about them, we can stay well away.

     

    Judi xx

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    Guest Libby1971

    Oh my word, how terribly scarey for all of you.

     

    Thanks for letting us all know, and thinking of us. In the meantime, have a big hug and another for your daughter. Hope she is soon back to full health soon.

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    Guest sjs

    so sorry to hear about your fright with your daughter - but sooo glad to hear she will fully recover.

     

    i had heard about the bro on tv before we came out here but the same as alot of people thought that they were only found in other parts - yes you are lucky that she is alive - we only arrived here on saturday and were on that beach yesterday watching all the kids surf and canoeing etc and also admiring the beautiful scenery cannot believe while we were doing this your daughter was going through that

     

    very best wishes to you and your family

     

    sjs

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    Guest rockpool crab
    Just be aware these little (they are tiny) critters are out and about.

     

    Daughter has been hospitalised, thankfully not a full bite or she wouldnt have made it to hospital...thank god she was with Aussie mates who knew what to do with her!

     

    She was jumping off the rocks at port noarlunga - bottom of the wooden steps at southport beach, then climbing back up the rocks, thought she had jagged her foot on the rocks.

    Quite quickly overcome - saw the poison working up her foot/leg and went dizzy/sick/slurring etc.

     

    Going to take a while to get over but thankfully she will make a full recovery. She cant talk properly but thats prob a blessing in disguise.

     

    The BRO have recently had their babies, the mums are protective but also dying - so looks like it was a dying one that got her as not as toxic as usual.

     

    They hang out in rockpools usually, and discarded cans/bottles etc, port noarlunga beach has them in the rock pools there and along seaford/southport etc. They are very pretty - but deadly, usually causing paralysis which causes death. There is NO antidote!

     

    http://www.usq.edu.au/users/weppner/dangerous/blue_ringed_octopus.htm

     

    Since I read this story yesterday I've done nothing but think about it. I can't begin to imagine how traumatised you must have felt throughout it. I'm soooooooooo glad to hear that your daughter will make a full recovery..but it's so scary. I'm grateful to you for posting it. I thought it was sharks and redbacks that we should look out for but this is an absolute education. I've read all the links that have been posted. Thanks for all this info.

     

    Carol Ann

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    Guest graandjac

    :)Although the post must be taken seriously, dont panic everyone this is even more of a rare occurance than shark attacks.:goofy:

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    Guest tooeasy

    they are very rare in sa as the seas aren't warm enough they prefer tropical waters :)

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