Blue-ringed octopus flashing its bright warning colors
A greater blue ringed octopus (Hapalochlaena lunulata) flashing its remarkable bright blue colors. This tiny creature is one of the world's most venomous animals. If provoked or stepped on, it will bite. Blue-ringed octopus venom is produced by bacteria in the mouth of the octopod. Unfortunately there is no antivenom and the venom could kill an adult human within minutes. Death is caused by heart failure due to paralysis of the respiratory muscles. When bitten, victims must be admitted to a hospital as quickly as possible as they will need artificial respiration in order to survive. Over time (several hours) the venom will be metabolized by the body itself.
This footage was filmed during a shallow dive at a depth of 4m on Suci's Reef in Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia. The divesite is also famous for the wreck of the USAT ( USS ) Liberty which ran on the Tulamben beach after being hit by a japanese torpedo during the second world war. The ship is now host to many marine species such as this blue-ringed beauty.
Equipment used: Samsung galaxy S4 with Watershot housing and single Big Blue Black Molly video torch.
Music: 'The Return' by 'nisei23'
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