Coast beach turns into an octopus's garden

IT'S no koala storming a soccer field but Bribie Islanders were still in for a surprise when a blue-ringed octopus was found frolicking on the banks of the Pumicestone Passage.

The small but lethal creature was filmed on the sand near the Bribie Island Bridge taking a break from its usual rocky habitat to catch some UV rays on what was a glorious Sunshine Coast Sunday.

Peter McKinless's video was posted on the Moreton Crime Watch page and garnered plenty of attention.

Underwater World Sea Life Mooloolaba displays curator Kate Willson said blue-ringed octopus sightings were reported about three-to-four times a year and it was pretty lucky to see one on the sand instead of carrying on with their usual reclusive behaviour in rock pools.

"We have heard of them at Lake Currimundi, Caloundra, rock pools at Mooloolaba and Point Cartwright," Ms Willson said.

She said she hadn't heard of them in the Passage in vast numbers before, although University of the Sunshine Coast Professor of Marine Science Thomas Schlacher told the Daily there were hundreds of them in the Passage when asked about a sighting in late-2014.


Prof Schlacher said there were plenty of blue-ringed octopus in the Maroochy River and Mooloolah River too, but were often hiding.

Ms Willson reiterated the importance of looking but not touching for anyone lucky enough to spot one of the lethal little critters more commonly seen in New South Wales and South Australia.

"Get to the hospital straight away if bitten," she advised.

Paralysis and restricted breathing are just some of the effects of a bite from the small octopus that carries enough neurotoxin to kill 26 humans.

"They are small, that's why people don't see them," Ms Willson said.

"You're pretty lucky to see one."

The octopus often blends in with its surroundings and will only show its blue rings when highly agitated.

Bites should be treated similarly to snakebites with pressure immobilisation bandages and restricting movement to slow lymphatic flow. Mouth-to-mouth may be required in some cases until oxygen can be rendered by paramedics as the poison takes about 24 hours to flush from your system.

So what's going on at the moment? An octopus doing some sunbathing and a koala who wanted to play in a soccer grand final at Noosa, the animals are really coming out to play.


Inland taipan


Native to south-east Queensland and north-east South Australia, these little suckers are the most venomous land snakes on earth.

More venom power than king cobras, rattlesnakes and death adders. Yikes.

Belcher's sea snake


Venom 100 times more powerful than the inland taipan. Steer well clear of these in the water.

The most venomous snake in the world but, much like the cellar spider (daddy long legs), its fangs aren't all that powerful, meaning they'd struggle to puncture skin through a wetsuit.

But with enough toxin to kill 1000 humans and a bite that can kill you within half an hour, best to play nice if you ever come across one. Prefer the Indian Ocean and Timor Sea to our waters.

Beaked sea snake


There aren't many things more terrifying to imagine than being chased by a sea snake.

The beaked sea snake is one you definitely want to win the race against though. Enough toxin to kill 50 people and responsible for most of the human deaths from sea snake bites, these suckers prefer muddy waters and can be found in sea foam after storm systems.

Prefer coastal waters around northern Queensland and the Northern Territory as well as the coast from China to the Persian Gulf.

Cone snail


Yep. A snail makes the list. Its harpoon full of neurotoxin can kill 30 people. Between 500-600 species in the world and Australia lays claim to more than 160 of them in our waters.

Excellent. The poison includes a general painkiller so it's not all bad if you are stung but if you see one of the shells on the beach, despite their allure, steer clear.

Found around all of the Australian coast but most commonly found in Queensland waters.

Box jellyfish


We all know about this one.

They look so placid but pack such an incredible punch.

Tentacles so potent they can kill a person in five minutes and extremely dangerous for young kids.

Prefer tropical waters but with rising sea temperatures it's not out of the question.


Okay so this isn't exactly scientific now, but here's five 'animals' that we reckon are pretty lethal on the Sunshine Coast:



They belt the bejesus out of each other at the University of the Sunshine Coast and can be found on a number of our region's golf courses.

You don't want to mess with some of these roosters - big, ripped and ready to fight, it could get pretty ugly pretty quickly.



Not the golfing kind. The Coast is home to a special sort of Muppet. The motorist.

We can't drive in any weather conditions and a straight stretch of road called the Bruce Hwy seems to be too much of a challenge for drivers every single day.

Keep your wits about you on our roads - idiocy strikes when you least expect it.



Odd choice isn't it? Well yes, it is.

But the Noosa Dolphins were lethal in the local rugby comp this season, sweeping all before them on their way to absolutely killing it in the A-Grade competition, winning a gritty grand final on Saturday to finish the perfect season.



Do not turn your back on these birds if you're along the Maroochy River.

A spot of fish and chips or dipping a line in brings them out of the woodwork and when they're hungry they are absolutely relentless.

I've had one literally steal a bream from a bucket and the size of the beak on the buggers means it's not easy to shoo them away.

Rum pigs


We all know one, we've all probably even been one at some point.

The rum pig is a dangerous beast. Often a belly full of beer in before they turn their hand to the cane champagne, one wrong word can spark the rum rage.

Often found outside night-time venues looking to start something, these ones are best left untouched.