On a reef in the Philippines, a tiny octopus, barely larger than a bottle cap, is hunting
for a meal. It's a Blue-ringed octopus, one of the most dangerous animals in the world,
packing a venom 10,000 times more deadly than cyanide. One bite from the Blue-ringed octopus
will kill a human in only minutes.
Reaching into cracks and holes, the octopus hunts for shrimp or small fish to eat. A goby
boldly protects its burrow.
To a nearby scorpionfish, the octopus looks like a bite-sized snack.
The octopus doesn't see the well-camouflaged scorpionfish—watching and waiting to make
The scorpionfish strikes....and gets more than he bargained for.
Within only a fraction of a second, the octopus bites back, and the scorpionfish spits it
The scorpionfish will have a sore mouth for days, if it even survives.
It turns out that the blue ringed octopus does not make a very good snack after all.