A teenager is lucky to be alive after making an innocent mistake at a beach that left him in hospital.
Jacob Eggington, 18, was swimming in the water collecting shells at Shoalwater Beach in Rockingham, south of Perth, on Sunday.
After emerging from the water, the teen emptied his pockets to show his toddler niece the shells he had found for her.
What happened next has prompted a timely warning to all beachgoers for the upcoming summer season with millions expected to hit the sand.
Jacob Eggington, 18, (pictured) had unwittingly placed a shell containing a blue-ringed octopus in his pocket. It took doctors over six hours to stabalise him
The blue-ringed octopus that the teen nearly died from. The species’ potent venom only takes roughly 26 minutes kill someone and there is no antidote
Mr Eggington had placed in his pocket a shell with a highly venomous blue-ringed octopus hiding inside.
The unlucky teen noticed the creature at the last moment, preventing his niece from holding the shell and potentially saving her life.
After discovering the poisonous creature, which was no bigger than the palm of a hand, the 18 year-old realised he had a small, painless bite mark on his leg.
Emergency services were called to the beach and he was immediately taken to a local hospital.
There is no antidote available for deadly blue-ringed octopuses, and it took over six hours to stabilise the teen.
The poison of blue-ringed octopuses is so potent, the teen could have died within 30 minutes if he had not noticed the bite.
‘That’s probably one of the more dramatic thoughts to think what could have happened,’ his brother Joshua Eggington told 7News.
‘He did get bitten, but he also probably saved one of his nieces or nephews lives.’
The dangerous sea creature is a master of camouflage (stock image)
One of the most poisonous creatures in the world, the blue-ringed octopus is found all around Australia and even as far south as Tasmania (stock image)
The highly toxic sea creatures can kill someone in around 26 minutes and, adding to the danger on our beaches, is their ability to camouflage.
They can be found all around Australia, even as far south in Tasmania and the creatures use their ‘extremely powerful venom’ to kill crabs and small fish.
‘They’re very good at hiding so we wouldn’t normally see them that often, but they are there,’ marine scientist Jennifer Verduin.
She said she never went to the beach without her reef shoes because blue-ringed octopuses are common in Perth.
Shockingly, a social media video captured an Aussie who unknowingly handled the dangerous creature last year.
‘Someone might die doing this,’ University of Queensland associate professor Ian Tibbetts told Yahoo at the time.
He also labelled the trend on social media showing people touching the poisonous octopus as ‘alarming stupidity.’
If you or someone you’re with comes into contact with a blue-ringed octopus, it’s advised to remain completely still and call Triple-0 straight away.