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IrelandIrish man and friend place octopus with deadly venom on bare skin

23:40  14 july  2019
23:40  14 july  2019 Source:   extra.ie

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Irish man and friend place octopus with deadly venom on bare skin © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

An Irish man and his English friend unknowingly put an octopus with deadly venom on their bare skin.

Johnpaul Lennon, from Armagh, and his friend Ross Saunders, from Devon in England, were fishing in Australia when they caught the creature.

Irish man and friend place octopus with deadly venom on bare skin © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland The men caught a blue-ringed octopus, which carries enough venom to kill 26 adults in minutes.

The octopus administers the venom through tiny and often painless bites.

Irish man and friend place octopus with deadly venom on bare skin © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Most victims do not realise they’ve been injected with the venom until they find themselves struggling to breathe and unable to move.

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Mr Saunders shared the video on his Facebook, unaware at the time of how deadly the creature is.

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In the video, the men are seen dangling the octopus against their bare arms as they laugh.

Clued-in viewer Joe Flinter warned Mr Saunders and Mr Lennon of how dangerous the octopus is while others called the men ‘morons’.

Irish man and friend place octopus with deadly venom on bare skin © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland A friend told Mr Lennon: ‘JP you lucky to still be alive!’

‘Natural selection at its finest,’ one said.

Another tagged a friend and wrote: ‘Check these f**king morons out.’

Irish man and friend place octopus with deadly venom on bare skin © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Blue-ringed octopuses, known for their yellow colour and blue spots, only attack when they feel that their life is under threat, according to National Geographic.

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Their bright-blue spots only appear across their body when they feel agitated.

In the video shared by Mr Saunders, the bright blue spots were highly visible — which may mean the men had a very lucky escape.

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