Weever Fish

I’ve had a few comments about weever fish after my post yesterday and it would appear several of my readers aren’t familiar with them.
As a child, I remember my parents, especially my father, emphasising we wore those jelly type sandals on the beach in case there were weever fish present in the sand.
I think I was lucky and never got stung by one, though Hubby did when he was very young when he was in Singapore.

Weever fish bury themselves in the sand and you may notice their eyes and dorsal fin on the surface. Image from internet
Lesser weever fish occur in the eastern Atlantic from the North Sea around the British Isles to Morocco and Madeira, and in the Mediterranean. We’re on the East coast so its no surprise they are present here.
Image britishseafishing.co.uk

They aren’t that big, usually less than 15cm, but the sting is intense and pain reaches its peak in about half an hour before diminishing, though it can continue for up to 24 hours.
The best first aid is to wash the wound thoroughly then soak it in very hot water  (40ºC or 104º F) for at least an hour. Obviously if you’re on the beach when you get stung, this could prove difficult, so it makes sense to try to avoid them if at all possible.
In light of these little monsters being present on our beaches, we won’t be taking Maggie down for a paddle.

Information is from WIKI but for more details click here and for different species of weever fish click here

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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17 Responses to Weever Fish

  1. Very interesting information, they do look like something to avoid.

  2. This was so nice of you. This was an interesting read. Thank you for familiarising us with the weever fish. They do seem very nasty. I wouldn’t want to get bitten!

  3. Liz says:

    Thank you for this post too.

  4. They are not to be messed about with.

  5. joyroses13 says:

    Had never heard of them, and want to make sure to never get bit by one now!

  6. murisopsis says:

    We are landlocked and in the middle of the US so no coastal beaches for us… This is yet another reason I’m not a water baby!

  7. willowdot21 says:

    Nasty critters💜

  8. Carol anne says:

    Oh my I had never heard of these fish but I hope I never get stung or come across one of them! 😀

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