WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Washington state woman went to the emergency room after posing with a small octopus attached on her face to enter a photo competition, according to news station KIRO.
- Jamie Bisceglia was bitten twice by the octopus while posing on the camera, injecting venom into her face.
- According to a spokeswoman at the Point Defiance Aquarium, the octopus might’ve been a smaller version of a Pacific red octopus which use their venom to paralyze their prey.
A woman from Washington state was rushed to the emergency room after posing with a small octopus attached on her face to enter a photo competition, according to news station KIRO. It turned out the marine animal is venomous.
Wanting to win, Jamie Bisceglia said she thought the risky photo op might win her the top prize at a fishing derby Friday in Tacoma Narrows, the CBS-affiliated television station reported.
“It was a photo contest in the derby. So, crazy me, hindsight now and looking back, I probably made a big mistake,” Bisceglia told KIRO.
In the photo, Bisceglia is seen with her wide grin wide and arms outstretched, posing with the small octopus that hooked its tentacles on her face.
Unfortunately, she was bitten twice by the sea creature while posing on the camera, injecting venom into her face.
“It had barrelled its beak into my chin and then let go a little bit and did it again,” the owner of South Sound Salmon Sisters told KIRO. “It was a really intense pain when it went inside and it just bled, dripping blood for a long time.”
She tried to push through the pain and swelling and even went fishing for two days, but ultimately went to the hospital for treatment.
“I’m still in pain,” she said. “I’m on three different antibiotics. This can come and go, the swelling, for months, they say.”
Bisceglia, however, said she learned an important lesson about handling a live octopus.
“This was not a good idea,” Bisceglia told the station. “I will never do it again.”
The octopus that bit Bisceglia might’ve been a smaller version of a Pacific red octopus. They have powerful beaks in order to crack open crabs, clams and mussels, according to a spokeswoman at the Point Defiance Aquarium. They usually use their venom to paralyze their prey.
Source: New York Post