not all fish are pretty, soft and cuddly and the Synanceia is a good example of a seemingly non-threatening yet very dangerous fish.
don’t let yourself be tricked by this little one’s cuteness, specially if your walking around barefoot in the coastal regions of Indo-Pacific oceans as well as off the coast of Florida and in the Caribbean. of special note is you most probably won’t even see it before walking on or touching it as it buries itself in the sand, blending in to its natural environment.
“I got spiked on the finger by a Stonefish in Australia … never mind a bee sting. … Imagine having each knuckle, then the wrist, elbow and shoulder being hit in turn with a sledgehammer over the course of about an hour. Then about an hour later imagine taking a real kicking to both kidneys for about 45 minutes so that you couldn’t stand or straighten up. I was late 20s, pretty fit physically and this was the tiniest of nicks. Got sensation back in my finger after a few days but had recurrent kidney pains periodically for several years afterwards.”
they don’t attack people. in a sense its people who un-expectantly ‘attack’ them by pressing their venom-filled dorsal fin spines unknowingly. the video below shows how people get stung.
apart from the joys of massive pain and being messed up for a long time, people can die from the sting, it’s that bad.
you might want to keep your everyday Doc Martins on at the beach.
i typically like to include an enjoy ! at the end of my articles but today’s post is more of a watch out !
for more on the Synanceia click the top image.