dailystar: A mum-of-two was rushed to hospital after being bitten by an octopus off the coast of Cornwall.
Jacqueline Hunt was fishing for shrimp with her husband and daughters when the terrifying incident took place.
She was in Helford river, which leads out to the English Channel, with husband Richard and daughters Emily and Isabelle on Wednesday.
They were using a shrimping net given to Richard for his birthday recently, and ended up catching a small octopus.
But when Jacqueline tried to remove the sea creature from from the net, the octopus bit her.
She said: “It was a beautiful, small, curled octopus, I think, and we handled it very gently and briefly.
“It must have felt threatened as it bit me on the hand quite badly.”
Jacqueline described the bite as really painful.
“Initially it felt like a small, sharp, pinch,” she said.
“But the pain then increased significantly, and felt like a very painful injection – which I suppose it was, as I now understand that all octopuses inject some venom.
“Luckily the octopuses in Cornwall are not as deadly as the blue ringed species as featured in James Bond’s Octopussy.”
Jacqueline said that, immediately after the bite, her husband told her to put her hand into the water and the octopus let go and swam off.
She said: “The site of the bite began to bleed and swell almost immediately. We called NHS 111 who were very helpful and advised going to the nearest hospital.
“By now my hand was very hot and swollen, luckily I had thought to remove my wedding ring quickly, or by now it would have had to be cut off.
“I am very grateful to all the staff for the excellent NHS care I received. No-one at the Helston Cottage Hospital, nor locals who have used the estuary all their lives, had come across such an incident.”
Jacqueline’s hand and wrist swelled up badly because of the bite and she now has to take a course of antibiotics and antihistamines.
She is hoping to use the incident to warn people not to handle octopuses, even briefly or gently as she did.
“I am relieved it wasn’t my daughters that were bitten,” she said.
“I do think it’s helpful for people to realise it’s better not to handle them. “We wonder if there may be a few of these around at the moment as just the day before, whilst fishing from his kayak off the headland, my husband caught a similar sized octopus, and was glad afterwards that he had not landed it, as it would have been difficult if it had it bitten him then!”
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