casual reminder that you shouldn’t fuck about with things in aussie tide pools or the ocean/beach region
half of them will probably kill you, some will definitely kill you, at least three i can think of can kill you before you know you’re dead
noticing an uptake in ig and fb photos of people doing stupid shit again, and it’s basic marine biology /common sense peeps
Specifically, don’t pick up tiny octopi, yeah they’re cute… but consider this: you won’t know if its a blue ringed octopus until it’s too late, and their beak is small so you won’t FEEL the bite…
and the only way to survive a bite is immediate medical help where they try to keep you alive long enough for the toxin to flush out of your system, as the toxin does its best to shut everything down
like… just saying… you see picks of people picking up these little creatures all the time, and you’re screaming internally bc that could be a ProblemTM, and jesus why would you do that?
i mean, there’s also conefish that’ll fuck you up
stonefish chill around the place, step on one and you’ll know
lionfish are pretty but poisonous
eels and seasnakes can fuck you up
some corals have concerning defences, but again even a scratch from one if not treated right can get hella infected
stingrays are chill, unless scared (btw Steve Irwin SPECIFICALLY said not to blame the ray, he’d startled it, so please stop hating on the little guys)
Jellyfish are everywhere
>IRUKANJI/Box Jellyfish are really teeny tiny little cuties… they will cause you unending agony and can kill some people
>Do not go messing with them
Blue Bottles or Man’O’War are unmistakeable. Also jellyfish-like in the way they use tentacles
[As you may know from your op marine biology classes at high school, jellyfish tentacles are contact-activated (cn be circumvented by thick wetsuits). All along the tentacles are hundred of thousands of nematocysts… basically tiny little cells with what is basically minuscule harpoons in them. When one touches your bare swimmer leg, they fire and snatch you up, the more you move the more it wraps and activates. Which is why it hurts like hell, you shoud never try to remove one barehanded, peeing on it is a BAD IDEA (heat can stimulate more firing) and rubbing sand on it is also bad.]
>To remove jellyfish tentacles, if you cannot locate a lifeguard (who will have supplies for this type of first aid in the tower), wash the area with seawater -anything else will trigger more. Vinegar will remove most tentacles.
But make your first priority calling for an ambulance 000/additional medical aid, because some people can have EXTREME reactions to jellyfish stings (esp. irukanji), ad it can require CPR in some instances).
Sharks - most are chill, but a few are desperate enough to come in to shore.
Don’t hunt them, don’t antagonise deliberately, they live in the damn ocean btw. A smack to the nose can ward them off in an emergency but mostly getting tf out of the water is the best bet.
>Other squid/octopi, they legit have tiny ass beaks that can damage you. Sure they look cute but do you want to risk it…
>We actually have quite a few fish that can fuck you up a bit?
The crabs have amassed an army and are coming for us all someday soon, please do not antagonise them any further. they have a leviathan.
There are heaps of others, but like… if you really absolutely hav to bother tf out of sealife? And you’re in Aus… there are aquariums and (in Qld specifically) there’s the Mooloolabah Wharf Aquarium with touch pools of safe creatures…?
There are options outside of seaside roulette with your life?
And also, blue ringed octopi might flare before being touched but may be happy to be picked up and then flare… like… don’t risk it. I cannot underline how dangerous those murderous little beauties are. You will not know you are in danger, until you suddenly can’t move or breathe, and let’s hope you have someone with you to call 000…
random post, please be safe.
riptides aren’t the only danger on the beach peeps
also, if you’re an aussie and can do a first aid course, it’s a good idea to have at least one person in the family/social circle able to respond to an emergency (esp. on the beach re: the above). so think about it.