BATHERS are being warned to watch out for dangerous dorsal fins as soaring temperatures attract some unwanted sealife dangers to the waters of 1066 Country.
However, the invasion being predicted by experts at Blue Reef Aquarium is not one people should be too worried about.
In fact, far from the menacing outline of a Great White’s fin, it is actually the dorsal spines of the six centimetre Weever fish which beach-goers are being told to look out for.
Less mind where you are swimming, more watch your step.
The innocuous-looking fish are believed to be Britain’s most dangerous marine species and, if trodden on, use specially-adapted dorsal fins to inject a fast-acting poison into the wound. The pain is described as excruciating and if left untreated it can cause the victim problems as long as two weeks after it has been removed.
However, while swimmers and sun-worshippers should be careful, the risk of serious long-term damage is minimal.
Blue Reef‘s Kate Buss said: “The chances of actually stepping on a weever fish are very small but there are some basic precautions to avoid getting stung - the simplest is to wear some form of footwear in the water. If you do get stung the most effective treatment is to put the affected limb in very warm water – although not too hot or you risk scalding.”
The heat helps to breakdown the poison and increases blood flow to the sting causing natural cleaning and healing.
Initially the sting feels like a sharp stab but this pain increases quickly for up to an hour and has been known to last for more than a day.