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Another Australian animal whose bite can be fatal: The Blue Ringed Octopus. Their venom is contained in their saliva and their beak is strong enough to pierce through wetsuits, which makes these animals particularly dangerous as they live in shallow coastal waters shared with tourists, swimmers and snorkelers. One dose of venom is strong enough to kill 26 people.
It turns blue before it attacks and the bite itself in painless. Within five to ten minutes though, the body starts feeling numb and gets weak. The victim cannot talk or breathe, leading to unconsciousness. The bite is fatal when the brain is completely deprived of oxygen.
By Claire Herbaux - Online Journalism Intern
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