Irish swimmers warned of rise in 'venomous' weever fish stings
The small fish bury themselves in the sand in shallow water and are “very common” in areas where the tide is low
Swimmers have been warned to look out for “venomous” weever fish while out in the sea.
The small fish bury themselves in the sand in shallow water and are “very common” in areas where the tide is low.
Lola O’Sullivan, director of Tramore Surf Life Saving Club in Waterford and volunteer with Water Safety Ireland, said that the weever fish “flick their dorsal fin” into people’s feet as they walk by.
“Like all water animals, they have to protect themselves and when we’re walking out into the water – be it surfing or swimming – if they see a large predator, they’ll flick their dorsal fin into the foot area,” she explained on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.
“It’s excruciatingly painful and venomous. The pain can last up to two hours or even longer. But the peak of the pain is in the first two hours.”