Scorpionfish and Stonefish: family of the Scorpaenidae
Poisonous fishes Commonly found in the Indo-Pacific area, Scorpionfish are Lionfish provide a wonderful show to amateur divers. On the other end, they are a massive threat! The spines on their dorsal flipper are like sabres, and require a particular attention when it comes to diving inside the aquarium or manipulate the animals. The pain from the sting is close to a Cobra bite. Excruciating and unbearable, the pain quickly spread to the entire member. Lasting for 24h, it can lead to oedema, dizziness, nausea and even delirium…
• If you get stung : the pain can be eased if you approach the stung area from a source of heat or by immersing the limb into 40°C water. You shouldn’t scrub or cut the wound. And in no case you should try to suck the venom out !
Stonefish can only be found in coral reefs. Blending in corals and rocks, they are among the most dangerous poisonous fish ! Their sting can be lethal: first, the pain is really violent, then, accelerated breathing before slow breathing. In the most severe cases, the sting can cause cardiac arrest. Accidents usually happen while walking on a reef or catching fishes in nets.
• To avoid any contact : the use of thick sole shoes can be life savior! Be careful where you put your hands under the sea. In case of sting, contact the emergencies immediately.