Blue-ringed shock

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Blue ringed octopus found in the shallows of Princess Royal Harbour in Albany last year.
Camera IconBlue ringed octopus found in the shallows of Princess Royal Harbour in Albany last year. Credit: Frank Harris

An Albany horse trainer said she was shocked to see two blue-ringed octopuses while walking her horses at Quaranup beach last Wednesday morning.

Rebecca Wallrodt said she often took her horses for a walk to the beach but last week was the first time she had spotted the highly venomous octopuses in the water.

“We saw one at first and then went a little bit further at the beach and saw another one and that’s when we felt a bit worried,” she said.

“The thing is, there were a lot of other people out there with their kids, horses and dogs, so I thought I should let someone know about it.”

According to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions website, the blue-ringed octopus is extremely venomous and its bites can be fatal.

A spokeswoman for the City of Albany said there had been no recent sightings reported.

“Should they (rangers) get a report, we will be issuing a notice to the public,” she said.

Ms Wallrodt said she hadn’t seen the octopuses since and hoped it was only a one-time occurrence.

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