The Hapalochlaena genus includes four 12-20cm (5-8″) blue-ring octopuses that live in tide pools and reefs in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, from Australia to Japan. They may bite when they feel threatened, and the victim may not even know they’ve been bitten until respiratory depression and paralysis set in. There is no blue-ringed octopus antivenin. The only way to survive a lethal amount of venom is to be provided artificial respiration until the neurotoxin and associated paralysis wears off.
Watercolor, ink, paint pen, and white gel pen, 6″ x 6″.