I’ve been wanting to feature mollusks that will kill you, and I saw a video online today that reminded me that it’s pretty important that people are aware that mollusks can kill them. Here’s a link to a video of a man playing with a blue-ringed octopus. It is awfully cute, so I can understand the urge.
Why don’t we learn when we’re young that these are some of the deadliest things one can encounter? The fact that I don’t live anywhere near where they live doesn’t really seem like an excuse. I don’t live where tigers, cobras, or crocodiles live, but I certainly knew by age, oh, maybe five?, that I should stay away from those. I do recall having dreams when I was very young about tigers attacking me from the woods behind the gas station/convenience store/dairy in my hometown, though, so I’m not sure the “I don’t live where these live” part of that lesson fully sank in. Anyway, I’d encourage everyone to learn more about some of these potentially deadly invertebrates, including mollusks and also box jellies. Of course the probability of running across one of these little meanies is vanishingly small and you should be much more afraid of car accidents or getting murdered by your spouse, but knowledge is power!
The scariest part of the blue ring octopus is how it kills you. The toxins render you completely paralyzed but cognizant. Is there anything more terrifying? The amazing part is that if rescue/artificial breathing is done for the duration of the time from the time the octopus bites someone to the time their body processes the toxin, it’s possible to survive the attack!
I feel like this post could use a cute mollusk chaser after all that grimness. Here!