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'Camouflage' fish that can cause dizziness prompts UK warning

‘Camouflage’ fish that can cause dizziness prompts UK warning

The fish is capable of rendering people unconscious due to the pain caused by its venom, prompting British authorities to issue warnings to bathers on beaches in Wales, Plymouth, Cornwall and Kent.

In the area, the presence of spider fish (weaver fish) has already caused incidents with bathers and surfers, causing painful injuries and fainting due to the venom released by the animal’s sting.

Animals of the species have a habit of “burying” themselves in the sand to hide and search for prey, and when stepped on by unsuspecting people, release a powerful poison through small stings.

The poison does not kill, but causes severe pain to humans. “The reaction depends on the size of the fish, the way the swimmer steps on it and how the body reacts to the poison,” British lifesaving center supervisor Beau Gillett told the Daily Star tabloid.

According to the British government, the effect of animal poisoning lasts 12 to 24 hours and is particularly strong for children, the elderly and people with health problems.

The body’s recommendation is that anyone who is in this “danger zone” and is bitten by an animal should seek medical attention.

Put on shoes and drag your feet. The orientation given to the bathers is that water-appropriate shoes are used and everyone “drags” their feet to move around in the water, which scares the animals.

Spiderfish can reach a length of 30 centimeters.

Image: padstowsealifesafaris/Reproduction

The agency said animal victims should wash their feet in “very hot” water for at least half an hour to reduce the presence of venom in the area.

Do not touch the stickers. There is also a recommendation not to touch the stickers placed on bathers’ feet and to remove them with tools such as tweezers and scissors.

Fish of the species can reach a length of 30 centimeters and are usually not easily detected by the naked eye due to their sandy color. They are considered “common” in coastal areas of England and other parts of the North Sea and eastern Atlantic Ocean.

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