Watch: Angry Squid Strikes Geologists in Australia, Science News

A man was attacked by an octopus while swimming on a scenic beach in Western Australia.

Geologist and author Lance Karlson was about to take a swim near the resort where he and his family were staying in Geographe Bay on Australia’s southwest coast when he spotted the tail of a stingray emerging from the water and meeting a seagull .

When he got closer with his two-year-old daughter, he discovered it was an octopus and made a video of the animal in the shallow water, with its tentacles, making a sudden slap in Karlson’s direction.

“The squid attacked us, which was a real shock,” Karlson said in comments emailed to Reuters.

After setting up a sunshade tent for his family on the beach, Karlson put on goggles and went into the water alone to explore a collection of crab shells that he believed had been left behind by creatures of the Dead Sea.

As he swam, he felt another whip across his arm – followed by a stronger stab across his neck and upper back.

“My glasses fogged up, the water was suddenly cloudy and I remember being shocked and confused,” Karlson added in the email.

Karlson said he ran back to the shore and saw raised prints of tentacles on his arm, neck and upper back. Since he didn’t have vinegar, his preferred treatment for seafood stings, he poured Coke over the affected area, which did well in stopping the sting.

(With contributions from agencies)

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