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Wilderness: Blue-Ringed Octopus BiteThe blue-ringed octopus bite is a medical emergency. Blue-ringed octopus are not aggressive marine animals; however, when it bites it has a deadly venom. If you are bitten by a blue-ringed octopus it is a medical emergency. Symptoms include pain, bleeding, numbness, nausea, vomiting, changes in vision, and difficulty breathing. If medical care is not provided, the patient will likely go into respiratory failure, which leads to cardiac arrest and death.
Wilderness: Sea Snake BiteSea snakes are generally not aggressive unless provoked or cornered. Sea snakes are highly venomous. Symptoms from a sea snake bite will occur within three hours of the bite and include: painful muscles, inability to move the legs, joint aches, blurred vision, thick tongue, excessive saliva production, vomiting, and droopy eyelids. There is an antivenom available for sea snake bites.
Shark BiteShark attacks can be categorized into three types, hit and run, bump and bite, and a sneak attack. You can potentially avoid a shark attack or shark bite by taking precautions such as not wearing shiny jewelry, not splashing in the water, not entering the water if you have an open cut that is bleeding, and paying close attention to your surroundings. Shark bite treatment depends upon the severity of the wound.
- painful muscles,
- inability to move the legs,
- joint aches,
- blurred vision,
- thick tongue,
- excessive saliva production,
- vomiting, and
- droopy eyelids.
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