Footage uploaded to Reddit shows the holidaymaker holding a deadly blue-ringed octopus in their hand for several seconds before shaking it off into the water.
Luckily they put the octopus down before it had a chance to sting them.
The blue-ringed octopus is recognised as one of the world’s deadliest marine animals and carries enough venom to kill 26 adult humans within minutes – and there is no anti-venom.
The Mandarin writing on the video said, “Such a beautiful octopus”, suggesting that the footage was taken by a Chinese tourist.
Reddit users were understandably horrified by the video.
One person asked: "Do they even know how lucky they are to be alive after doing something that monumentally stupid?"
Another said: "This is how tourists become statistics."
One added: "I am usually pretty calm, but this actually made my heart race. WHAT THE HELL. It’s like holding death in your hand!"
This isn’t the first time someone has had a close encounter with a blue-ringed octopus this year.
Earlier this month a mother issued a public warning after her daughter picked up the deadly creature at a popular swimming spot near Cronulla Beach in Sydney.
Julie Tattam described the terrifying moment her daughter emerged from the water brandishing a shell with the deadly creature inside.
In a Facebook post, Julie said the 11-year-old had told her: "Look at this gorgeous octopus, I caught it in this shell."
She explained: "I ran down to look and it was a blue-ringed octopus! She had been carrying it in her hands! (Luckily with the shell to protect her)."
Julie said the octopus then crawled back into a nearby rock pool.
The mother and daughter had been snorkelling at Salmon Haul beach in Sydney’s south, a spot popular with locals near Cronulla Beach.
She said: “I was so worried (in fact I am still shaking with ‘what ifs’) so I Googled them.
"We were a good 15 [minute] walk from the car and then another 15-20 [minute] drive from the hospital. So scary!"
A father also diced with death after finding a blue-ringed octopus in his pocket in Perth.
Fortunately he was rushed to hospital in time.
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