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  1. The Pom Queen

    Blue Ringed Octopus could help Cancer

    ONE of the world's most venomous animals deserves better protection in Australian waters, as it may yield a potential cure for cancer, according to a new report. The blue-ringed octopus is found throughout the country’s coastal waters, particularly in rock pools. A single bite from the marine creature can paralyse a human within minutes. The octopus has been linked to at least four deaths around the world. In a report released by a US researcher, it is argued not enough is known about the tiny octopus’s global distribution, and it could in fact be an endangered animal. Marine biologist William Lambert, from Prescott College, wrote in his report A Review of Blue-Ringed Octopus Conservation, the highly venomous animals were majestic representatives of poorly understood species, which were difficult and dangerous to study. "Experts have been unable to prove whether or not they are a declining or endangered species," Mr Lambert said. The toxic venom of the octopus could yield clues for further advances in medicine. "Blue-ringed octopuses possess one of nature’s most potent chemical compounds with the potential to provide treatments for human diseases," Mr Lambert wrote in his report. "Future research may one day provide a biomedical discovery for new medications to neutralise pain or even treat cancers."
  2. Hi All For those living in Melbourne I thought I would give you the heads up that a Blue Ringed Octopus has been found on Carrum Beach. I know they are a common occurance for other states but we do not usually see them in Victoria and therefore not many parents or children are aware of them. For all the new arrivals to Melbourne it may be worth reading up before you hit the beach during this weeks heatwave. Here is a link to a Queensland Fact Sheet: http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/inquiry/factsheets/blue_ring_octopus_20080709.pdf for those interested in the news article have a look here: Deadly blue-ringed octopus found at Carrum Beach | Herald Sun
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