Scottish beach lover warns of hidden weaverfish stinging very painful within minutes

Scots have been warned of small fish with poisonous stings hiding in the sand near the water's edge on beaches around the UK.

Due to recent increases in reports of whitefly bites on beaches around Wales, the Coast Guard is urging people to protect themselves by wearing footwear such as sliders and sandals on beaches. .

Usually found in warm waters, thesmall fishis about 10 cm long, has spines on its back, gill cover that secretes a powerful venom, and has been fished further north in the past. Discovered in More recently, East He has been reported to have been found on the beaches of Lothian, Fife and Tayside.

Although uncommon in Scotland, climate change has warmed British waters, and stretches of water rarely seen on the southwest and east coasts of Scotland further north. Usually found at the water's edge during low tide, these tiny creatures hide in the sand waiting for prey.

James Calder was able to treat wounds with boiling water (Image: Edinburgh Live)

Daily Mailreported a serious problem in the UK this summer, with a number of people stabbed on Welsh beaches this summer, and a spokesperson The Wild Swim Welshman claims that, depending on the circumstances, the pain they inflict can be "as bad as childbirth".

Last year Wilde's swimmer James Calder got caught in the thorns of a weaverfish lying under water in his bay, North West of Berwick, leaving a painful wound on his leg. owed.

66-year-old fisherman Bill Thorburn was also stabbed in his arm in 2017 when he accidentally picked it up.

And the resulting pain and swelling were so severe that he was rushed to the hospital and was told by his doctors that he might have had a heart attack.

At the time, he warned people to beware of nasty little creatures, he told the Daily Record:They look very nice, but they are very dangerous.

"I don't want to think about my child getting stung. Some dogs have been stung too. It can be pretty serious."

He said he remembers well what causes pain.

He added: Two years ago. Thinking it was a sandfish, I picked it up and got stung.

"It was excruciating. I once got stung by a lion jellyfish, but it was nothing compared to a weaver.

"My arm swelled up quickly and quickly

"I was very lucky because they said I might have had a heart attack."

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What to do if a Weaverfish sting

First Aid Training Cooperative Web According to Site, the pain initially feels like a bee or bee sting, but as it gets more intense, they state: A "burning" sensation in the leg. This pain often begins to radiate to the limbs and can be very frightening to children.

  • Place the affected area in a bowl of boiling water for 10-15 minutes and replace when the hot water cools.
  • This should be a temperature that the casualty can withstand without burning themselves.
  • Once the pain subsides, use tweezers to remove any remaining spines from the injury. Do not touch the spines with your hands unless you are wearing gloves.
  • Continue warm water treatments to reduce discomfort from swelling.
  • It is a myth that adding anything to water has a positive effect. So don't add vinegar, smell salt, urine, etc.

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