Reef Stonefish (Synanceia verrucosa) by Samantha Craven
This stonefish was stupid big. It was one of those epic moments were your dive guide points something out, you don’t see but you know it’s something well camouflaged, but you still don’t see it. Then you do and you realise it’s a HUGE venomous fish and you jump back and waste 50 bar in excited bubbles. Because it’s the most venomous fish in the world. And it’s just looking at you. Grumpy as fuck.
Its dorsal area is lined with 13 spines that release venom from two sacs attached to each spine. Its venom causes severe pain with possible shock, paralysis, and tissue death depending on the depth of the penetration. This level can be fatal to humans if not given medical attention within a couple of hours.
FYI, if you ever have problems: immediate first aid treatment requires immersion of the affected limb in hot water, ensuring that it is not so hot that skin damage may occur. The immobilisation of venom at penetration site by tourniquet or firm constrictive bandaging is no longer recommended.