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PostSubject: Britain's Most Venomous Fish   Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:07 am

Its getting that time of year so take care.

Ive done some reading  study 

The weever fish has sharp spines laced with venom along its dorsal fin which stick up out of the sand, where it hides, and inflicts agony on any unsuspecting bathers/fishermen unlucky enough to get stung by on one.







The nerve poison injected into victims brings excruciating pain lasting several hours, often causes people's limbs to swell and in extreme cases can lead to temporary paralysis. Irritation can last for two weeks.

They are usually invisible to the naked eye as they camouflage themselves under sand in shallow water.
They bury themselves in the sand backwards for camouflage and snatch prey as it swims past.



The venom in its spines is a nerve poison and has a chemical in it which is one of the most potent pain producing substances known.
The weever's poisonous dorsal spine is a defence against potential attackers. A sting feels at first like a sharp stab but the pain increases quickly.

TREATMENT
If you do get stung the most effective treatment is to put the affected limb in water as hot as the victim can stand without causing scalding.
The heat helps to break down the poison and it also increases blood flow to the sting causing natural cleaning and healing.
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PostSubject: Re: Britain's Most Venomous Fish   Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:43 am

That's me staying out of the water then. Lol
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PostSubject: Re: Britain's Most Venomous Fish   Sun Jun 08, 2014 12:38 pm

Yep,had a few in my push net about three weeks ago i tossed them onto the sand but they disappeared and i thought that the seagulls had them,then i got another and flicked that one onto the sand and it vanished before my eyes into the soft sand in a split second Shocked Shocked 
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PostSubject: Re: Britain's Most Venomous Fish   Sun Jun 08, 2014 6:33 pm

I cringe when I see holiday makers children running through the surf barefoot  Exclamation 
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PostSubject: Re: Britain's Most Venomous Fish   Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:57 pm

Treatment:If you can't get hot water, at a push pee on it. Mad Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Britain's Most Venomous Fish   Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:25 pm

mick wrote:
Treatment:If you can't get hot water, at a push pee on it. Mad Mad

I think if it stings you, peeing on it is the least it can expect  Exclamation 
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PostSubject: Re: Britain's Most Venomous Fish   Tue Jun 10, 2014 7:28 am

mick wrote:
Treatment:If you can't get hot water, at a push pee on it. Mad Mad

Think that is only for jelly fish stings ( though the internet pours cold water on that theory )

http://firstaid.about.com/od/bitesstings/f/07_JellyfishPee.htm

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fact-or-fiction-urinating/

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Stings-marine-creatures/Pages/Treatment.aspx
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PostSubject: Re: Britain's Most Venomous Fish   Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:06 am

The old method, before hot water was found to work, was a sharp knife and slice open where the fish got you and squeeze it all out. My dad has a funny story with that after sitting on one. Having been stung many times and seen plenty get stung too, it seems that it depends on the persons reaction to the poison. Personally I find its not too bad, the cute is by far more painful than the sting but I have seen plenty of people in large amounts of pain and even seen someone's arm swell up very badly. The boiling water on the sting actually caused the whole arm inflation to go though. Once spent a few minutes having to convince someone that he didn't have to worry because the sting won't lead to death or even a trip a trip to the hospital and he'll be ok to fish for the rest of the day. It wasn't even him that got stung, it was me.
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PostSubject: Re: Britain's Most Venomous Fish   Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:36 pm

simon parry wrote:
The old method, before hot water was found to work, was a sharp knife and slice open where the fish got you and squeeze it all out. My dad has a funny story with that after sitting on one.

Please tell me it doesn't involve sucking the poison out! affraid 
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PostSubject: Re: Britain's Most Venomous Fish   Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:12 pm

Depends on how alergic you are to the venom.

Have seen people with arms swelling up and turning blue after brushing the gill spikes, while another time i saw an old boy with a shrimping net picking them out with his bare hands. When i asked him if that wasnt a little dangerous he said he had been stung hundreds of times and the venom didnt have any affect on him!

Im not going to grab one just to find out thought!
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PostSubject: Re: Britain's Most Venomous Fish   Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:04 am

Notbad wrote:
simon parry wrote:
The old method, before hot water was found to work, was a sharp knife and slice open where the fish got you and squeeze it all out. My dad has a funny story with that after sitting on one.  

Please tell me it doesn't involve sucking the poison out! affraid 

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