Rockingham: Second person bitten by blue-ringed octopus off Point Peron

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

A MAN in his 30s was bitten by a blue-ringed octopus off Point Peron this morning.

The victim was pulling crayfish pots at the time.

St John Ambulance met him at the boat ramp and took him to Rockingham hospital.

This attack comes after a crayfisherman was bitten by a blue-ringed octopus three weeks ago.

On the Crayfishing WA page fishermen jokingly suggested that it was time for an octopus cull.

Tim’s Tackle Plus shared this video taken by Peter Rhoades of two blue-ringed octopus caught behind Penguin Island.

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.

A St John spokesman 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.”

A blue-ringed octopus bite does not always result in someone needing CPR.