Yesterday we where down at the inlet to little lagoon, someone there had just spotted a stone fish, which he then showed us. If it wasn’t for him showing us we would never of seen it, as they are very well camouflaged as can been seen by this first photograph. Can you pick where it is?
Stone fish- It is in the middle of the two rocks in the front
The picture below shows one when it is disturbed.
The stonefish have thirteen sharp dorsal spines located on their backs. These spines are fed with toxic venom (two venom sacs per spine) via 26 glands lying below the skin on the creature’s back. The venom is released when pressure is placed on the spine, like when you step on one. The venomous spines of the stonefish have the potential to pentrate rubber soled shoes or sandals. If you are unlucky enough to be stung by one, you will feel the sting almost immediately and may lose consciousness. Other side effects are swelling, irregular breathing, reduction in blood pressure and paralysis.
It is a good idea to wear shoes when wading around in the water especially Little Lagoon or the inlet coming into it. Don’t be afraid, just be aware.