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Cute, but deadly
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I was poking around this page of information about various Extremely Toxic Australian creatures and what to do if you are bitten/stung by one. The particular one that caught my attention is of course the Blue-Ringed Octopus, cute li'l HARBINGER OF DEATH.

The very scariest sentence on the page, much scarier than "Death may occur in as little as thirty minutes" or "There is no antivenom available," is:

"The patient may be completely paralysed, sometimes with fixed dilated pupils, but the sensorium remains intact until hypoxia or hypercapnia supervene, and care should be taken to avoid negative remarks which may distress the alert but paralysed patient."

care should be taken to avoid negative remarks which may distress the alert but paralysed patient

Augh! Augh! Augh!

Maybe I don't want to visit Australia after all.

::whimper::



Edited to add: Oh, wow, check out the kids page.
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It's more or less safe here most of the time, really :-).

But I do get the impression aussies have a slightly different attitude towards wildlife than most places.

It's more or less safe here most of the time, really

As long as you don't touch anything, sure.

But I do get the impression aussies have a slightly different attitude towards wildlife than most places.

Aussies have slightly different wildlife, so a slightly different attitude towards it makes perfect sense.

It's really not all so bad as it seems.

Being stung by these creatures is quite rare, and if you know what to look out for, you're generally fine.

I would be far more concerned by swimming in Northern Queensland between November and April, when the box jellyfish are in season. That's when I'd say avoid the water, and stick to swimming pools and glass bottom boats (which I did).

Really, it is a beautiful country and I wouldn't let a few deadly venomous creatures prevent you from visiting.

Oh heck yes, there's lots worse than peaceful little octopuses out there. At least you can see the octopuses.

Really, it is a beautiful country and I wouldn't let a few deadly venomous creatures prevent you from visiting.

This gives me an amusing mental image of a whole phalanx of spiders and jellyfish and scorpions and things lined up elbow-to-elbow (well, joint-to-tentacle), looking fierce.

Really it's the expense and time involved that's kept me from visiting, rather than the wildlife, but HORRIFICALLY TOXIC EVERYTHING is always good for a bit of sour-graping now and then.


This gives me an amusing mental image of a whole phalanx of spiders and jellyfish and scorpions and things lined up elbow-to-elbow (well, joint-to-tentacle), looking fierce.

All carrying little signs that say "No we're not all reet. Leave us alone, Steve Irwin!"

*falls over laughing*

Yes, indeed.

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