How to Treat Octopus and Sea Snake Injuries
Keep a respectful distance between you and the octopus or sea snake. In most cases, treat an
octopus bite the same way you would treat a bite by a moray eel. A person stung on on arm
or leg by a blue-ringed octopus or bitten by a sea snake should be treated in the
1. Place a cloth or piece of gauze about 3" square and about 1" thick directly over the wound.
2. Hold the cloth or gauze firmly in place by wrapping an elastic cloth bandage
around the cloth and the person's arm or leg. There should be about an inch of elastic cloth on
either side of the 3" square cloth or gauze bandage. Wrap the elastic cloth tightly enough to press
the pad into the skin, but not so tight that it cuts off blood circulation. In other words, the
injured person's fingers or toes should still be pink and have normal sensation after wrapping the
injured area. Keep the bandage on the person until you arrive at a hospital. If you loosen the
bandage early, a dangerous amount of the venom may enter the person's bloodstream. Try to keep
the injured area from being moved any more than necessary. The bandage should be removed after 18 to
3. Take the injured person to a hospital right away. Do NOT cut around the wound or try to suck
out the venom. In the case of a sea snake bite, you should use a commercial suction device (called
The Extractor) if you can do it within 5 minues of the bite. Do NOT use a tourniquet.
4. If the person was injured by a blue-ringed octopus, be prepared to give the victim artificial
respiration if he or she stops breathing.Octopus victims may also become paralyzed. People bitten by
sea snakes may have blurred vision, drooping eyelids, difficulty talking and swallowing, vomiting or
paralysis. If the person has no symptoms within 6 to 8 hours, it is not likely that there was a
significant amount of poison.