Blue-ringed octopus crawls on family's beach towel after hiding in children's ...

Dire warning to parents as a blue-ringed octopus crawls on to a family's beach towel after hiding in a shell a child collected Parents issue warning after finding blue-ringed octopus at Yarra Bay Beach Local family discovered deadly octopus hidden in children's shell collection  Blue-ringed octopus known as one of world’s most venomous marine creatures

By Kirsten Jelinek For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 23:26 GMT, 6 January 2021 | Updated: 23:26 GMT, 6 January 2021

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A beach-goer has issued a desperate warning to parents after he found a deadly blue-ringed octopus hiding in a shell his child collected. 

Randwick City Council shared pictures of the blue-ring octopus on Facebook, after a man found the creature on Yarra Bay beach, New South Wales on Monday. 

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The Randwick resident Andrew has reminded parents to remain vigilant after he took his kids down to the beach for an afternoon swim. 

Randwick City Council has reminded beachgoers to stay vigilant after a local family discovered a blue-ringed octopus after hiding in their children's shell collection

Randwick City Council has reminded beachgoers to stay vigilant after a local family discovered a blue-ringed octopus after hiding in their children's shell collection 

After his children picked up a few shells from the shore line, the father noticed a peculiar sight scamper across the family's towel.  

'Our 11-year-old son set a couple of shells down on a beach towel my wife was sitting on and then a few moments later this little fella and another scampered across the towel,' he said.  

A deadly blue-ringed octopus emerged from the shells, startling the family.   

'The funny thing is that we'd spoken recently with the kids about how the Blue Ringed Octopus could be found around the area and that they're super deadly, however we never really expected to see one,' he said. 

The octopus was eventually returned to the ocean, far away from fellow beachgoers. 

Despite the shocking discovery, Andrew said no children or octopuses where

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