Maybe Eli Roth should just stick to the beach.
The 41-year-old actor/director, recently on vacation in Hawaii, spotted a baby octopus while on an underwater sea scooter expedition. As TMZ reports, curiosity unfortunately got the best of him and when he reached to touch the little guy, he was welcomed with a nasty bite to his finger. Roth says it bled profusely for hours — possibly a result of the mild venom some cephalopods inject.
This latest incident pales in comparison to the ordeal Roth suffered in 2010, when his kayak was almost sucked down by a freak underwater sinkhole.
And then things got worse.
“I scrambled up and got about 200 sea urchin pins in the bottom of my feet and my palms,” he continued. “The rock was covered in crabs. It was like a scene out of 'Starship Troopers.' I screamed for help until a fisherman saved me. This was in Mexico. I do not speak much Spanish.”
Once on shore, Roth then went through the grueling process of having the 200 pins removed from his feet and hands — without anesthesia.
“The best part was when I googled 'sea urchins' and it said that they are poisonous, but if you get 1 spike, you’ll be fine. I had over 200. Luckily, the crabs were scared of this Bear Jew on their rock and they’d back away. But then a wave would come and displace everyone. My feet and hands were such a mess I couldn’t walk – I had to crab-walk on my butt around the rock to find an opening where I could jump in. Two days later 4 baby sharks were spotted near where I was stranded. And where there are babies… I actually thought to myself “Oh my God – I’m going to get eaten to death by crabs! And I won’t even be around to tell [Harvey Levin].”
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