Venomous Blue-Ringed Octopus Emerges From Beer Can in Mesmerizing Footage

A marine biologist found a discarded beer can on the shore which turned out to be the new home of a venomous blue-ringed octopus, footage shows.

Sheree Marris was walking along the Mornington Peninsula in Australia when she found the beer can.

She told Storyful: “Old bottles and cans make for the perfect hideout, protecting their soft, boneless bodies from predators. So when I’m walking along the beach I always take an extra careful look.”

Marris said that on the day she recorded the footage, she had found a beer can with “a little bit of weight to it” and waved her flashlight to have a look inside, only for a blue-ringed tentacle to venture out of it.

“Next minute, one of the world’s most venomous animals emerged,” she said.

In the video, the little cephalopod can be seen sliding out of its new habitat.

Blue-ringed octopuses are aposematic creatures, meaning that they flash their bright colors as a warning to predators when they feel threatened.

Marris said she waited for the octopus to move back inside before putting it further out in the sea.

“It’s a cautionary tale to be careful when picking up rubbish and empty cans on the beach,” she said. Credit: Sheree Marris via Storyful

Video transcript

[WIND AND SURF]

SHEREE MARRIS: [GASPS] Look at this. Look how they can squeeze, how she's squeezing out of that tiny little hole. And you see the bright-- the bright blue rings. And I'm going to stay away from them.

Look at her.

[WIND AND SURF]

[GASPS] Look at this. Look how they can squeeze, how she's squeezing out of that tiny little hole. And you see the bright-- the bright blue rings. And I'm going to stay away from them.

Look at her.

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