By Andrea Romano
August 13, 2019
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There are a few right and wrong ways to interact with wild animals. Attempting to kiss an octopus on the face isn't one of them.

While taking part in a fishing derby, Jamie Bisceglia, a woman from Tacoma, Washington, happened upon a few fellow fishermen who hooked an octopus. She thought taking a photo with the marine creature may win her the photo contest portion of the derby.

"Looking back, I probably made a big mistake," Bisceglia told ABC.

According to Bisceglia, while taking the photo, the tiny cephalopod bit her directly on the face. And it resulted in a rather painful and potentially venomous bite mark.

It's unclear what kind octopus bit Bisceglia. According to CBS, it could have been a smaller version of the Giant Pacific octopus, or possibly a Pacific Red octopus. Neither species is fatally dangerous to humans, but they do have powerful beaks for eating crabs, clams, and muscles. They also have an immobilizing venom.

The octopus, CBS reported, grabbed Bisceglia with its suckers, then used its beak to bite her on the chin, releasing its venom at the same time.

"It barreled its beak into my chin and then let go a little bit and did it again," Bisceglia said. "It was a really intense pain when it went inside. It just bled, dripping blood for a long time."

According to National Geographic, while all octopi are venomous, only the venom from a blue-ringed octopus is fatal to humans. However, people have had run-ins with the tiny octopus species and managed to survive.

Surprisingly, Bisceglia still fished for two more days before she went to the emergency room, ABC reported.

"I'm still in pain," Bisceglia said to ABC. "I'm on three different antibiotics."

According to Fox News, Bisceglia suffers from blurry vision, facial paralysis, and trouble swallowing on top of pain and swelling. The pain and side effects, doctors told her, may stick around for months.

Thankfully, Bisceglia learned her lesson. As she said, "I will never do it again."

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