Blue-ring sightings trigger warning

WARNING: Blue-ringed octopus have been sighted around the Port Lincoln foreshore area.
WARNING: Blue-ringed octopus have been sighted around the Port Lincoln foreshore area.

Members of the public are being reminded to be vigilant in local waters following the recent increase in blue-ringed octopus sightings near the town jetty and along the foreshore.

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula planning and assessment officer Andrew Freeman said the blue-ringed octopus, although non-agressive had an extremely powerful venom which was released when threatened and could paralyse victims and even be fatal.

"It is important that people don't handle, tread on, poke or play with these animals and if spotted be cautious in the area," he said.

"Southern blue-ringed octopus are quite common around the Eyre Peninsula coast. They are well camouflaged with the bright blue rings only appearing when they are disturbed or threatened."

Rock pools, reef areas and seagrass meadows are areas where the octopus are commonly found.

To report a sighting visit Atlas of Living Australia