Picture credit : RNLI Lifeguards
Weever fish are plain looking fish and are very common during the Summer months around the UK shore line. Often they nestle in the sand and in water just a few centimetres deep. A weever fish will raise a sharp spine on it’s back in self defence if it is trodden upon. Here are some top tips from our Lifeguard colleagues:
- Place the effected area in water as hot as you can stand it for around 30 minutes. This will destroy the protein based venom and will allow you to continue your day at the beach. Test the water first so as not to scald the person who has been stung.
- Whilst the stings are painful they are generally nothing to worry about and will not cause any significant damage
There are far greater risks and hazards associated with the coastal environments: the tides, water movement and the effects of cold water shock.
It is always recommended to visit a lifeguarded beach where trained lifeguards are available for advice for all things beach safety and first aid incase you are stung by a weever fish.
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