I am not sure how to post this... I'm new and confused.

twinkie88

Larval Mass
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#1
I lived on a tropical island before moving to the desert, I know.
I have always held Octos so did not have any fear of them.
In 2004 I held the first one I should have realized was acting differently.
I was bitten in the palm, and still have residual pain. The octo didn't get off
lightly. His beak is buried in the bone of my palm. 2 yrs after the initial bite I
got a nasty infection of the site and have been told that I should eventually have
the beak removed. I have also been the victim of a sting ray- went right though
my tennis shoe. If anyone has any info on octo bites lasting effects, I
would appreciate it. The docs here in the desert of New Mexico don't see a whole
lotof this scenario. LOL:razz:
 

CaptFish

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#2
:bugout: OMG! You are by far the worest case this site has ever heard of! :shock:
Do you know what kind of octopus it was?
 

CaptFish

Colossal Squid
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#3
oh yeah :welcome: to TONMO
 

tonmo

Titanites
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#4
Wow - that is quite a story! Do you have a photo of the beak in your palm?
 

twinkie88

Larval Mass
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#6
What kind of Octo? and details of bite...

I was told that I got lucky because there are lots of Blue ring Octos in Cholla Bay,
Where this octo came from minutes before I handled it. The fishermen and locals were completely
in shock that I was walking around. (My parents and I speak spanish.) I went to a Pharmacia
and had a "Doctor" look at it. He told me I could expect nerve pain for months up to my shoulder.
He prescribed something to help the pain and an antibiotic. I had a small bite similar to the pics already posted,
except it was in the Palm of my left hand.It did take weeks to heal, but I heal rather slow anyway.
It had healed before we realized the beak was still in the palm. I hardly have a scar now, but I have a
lump similar to a steel BB under the skin.Any accidental jolt to the scar/wound produces immense shooting pain.
I won't be handling octos arbitrarily in the future. Sorry I don't know what kind it was.
 

monty

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#7
:welcome: and sorry to hear about this. I've certainly never heard about anything like this; it doesn't sound like TTX symptoms from blue-ring envenomation. This provides a bit more info on non-blue-ring bites: http://www.thecephalopodpage.org/octobite.php including some other references. I've also never heard of an octo leaving part of its beak before; that seems very peculiar. I hope you can find a treatment that gets rid of the lasting effects.

By the way, Googling for Cholla Bay seems to point to one in Mexico, which would rule out any species of blue-ring... they're native to Australia and that region, so unless there's another Cholla Bay you're referring to, you wouldn't have been in danger of getting a lethal bite from one of them.
 

Steve O'Shea

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#8
I have similar reactions to sea-egg (urchin) spines .... 'Mr lumpy knee and finger' they should call me; there's nothing left in there, just those BB lumps you refer to.
 

Tamara

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#9
to stop sea urchins from leaving bumps under your skin you can try hitting gently where you got poked with a pointer or a little weight until you get just a little blood. It also gets rid of the pain of the sting. I'm not sure why/how it works, but if I don't do it when I get stung I get a little bump that takes ages to go away.
 

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