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Venomous octopus grilled and up for sale at Pathum Thani market

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: กรมทรัพยากรทางทะเลและชายฝั่ง

A venomous blue ringed octopus was found grilled up on a stick and up for sale at a Pathum Thani. The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources posted photos of the octopus on their Facebook page, warning people to watch what they eat.

While the octopus is small, about the size of a golf ball, its venom contains the powerful neurotoxin tetrodotoxin which blocks sodium channels, causing motor paralysis and respiratory arrests within minutes of exposure. It has enough venom to kill 26 humans. There is no antivenom. The department says the venom can endure heat up to 200 degrees Celsius, so grilling the octopus won’t destroy the toxins.

The department is advising customers to look out for the blue ring pattern.

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    Monday, November 30, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Being for sale, I guess at least one person actually ate it right? If not the seller herself…

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    Johnny Dee

    Monday, November 30, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Oh no that’s so bad hopefully isaan John is ok

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      Issan John

      Monday, November 30, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      Thailand’s geography doesn’t appear to be your strongpoint.

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      Monday, November 30, 2020 at 8:07 pm


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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, November 30, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Yes but they are very reasonably priced . . .

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    Monday, November 30, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    Amazing that they actually caught a blue-ring!

    If someone spots a wonderpus on a market stall, please let me know, been wanting to see one for a while now, grilled or not!

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    Preesy Chepuce

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 12:45 am

    tetorodoxin is what’s in puffer fish (fugu) too: it’s the source of the zombi concept in the caribbean… mixing it with acetylcholine-suppressant plants, the tryptamine in the right amounts creates a kind of docile delirium; but not sure how the histamine, dopamine, and taurine plays out!

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    Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 4:03 am

    Now , I understand why discounted !

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    Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    A free insect come with it… ewww..

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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