Man bitten by blue-ringed octopus near Rockingham

The blue-ringed octopus. Photo: iStock
The blue-ringed octopus. Photo: iStock

A MAN in his 50s has been taken to hospital after he was bitten by a blue-ringed octopus near the Point Peron boat ramp in Rockingham.

He was taken to Rockingham hospital before 10am by St John Ambulance travelling at normal road speed.

St John Ambulance spokesman Dennis Bertoldo said the man was in a bit of pain but did not lose consciousness.

The venom of a blue-ringed octopus can result in nausea, respiratory arrest, heart failure, severe and sometimes total paralysis, blindness and can lead to death within minutes if not treated.

Death, if it occurs, is usually from suffocation due to paralysis of the diaphragm.

This attack comes after a crayfisherman was bitten by a blue-ringed octopus on Friday.

Mr Bertoldo said treatment of a blue-ringed octopus bite is similar to that offered after a snake bite.

He said first responders should follow the first aid DR ABC action plan.

“The first step is to calm the patient, then apply pressure to the bite,” he said.

“Apply a pressure bandage, splint the bandaged limb and ensure the patient doesn’t move.

“In the event they aren’t breathing give CPR.”

Mr Bertoldo said a blue-ringed octopus bite does not always result in someone needing CPR.