Stonefish Raby Bay – Redland City

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Stonefish Raby Bay

Last week 8/1/2016 two swimmers where stung by Stonefish at the popular Raby Bay Beach off Masthead Drive. Stone fish can be found all along the Queensland Coast line.

The common Habitat for the stonefish is rubble or coral bottoms and are often under rocks or ledges. How ever they are also known to be able to bury in sand, which would of been the case for Raby Bay. Stonefish are unlikely for look for someone to sting, they normally only sting when stood on or protecting itself. Stonefish Raby Bay area.

Danger to humans and first aid.

The Reef Stonefish is the most venomous fish in the world. It has thirteen stout spines in the dorsal fin which can inject a highly toxic venom. The venom causes intense pain and is believed to have killed many Pacific and Indian Ocean islanders. No deaths have been recorded in Australia since European arrival (Underhill, 1987). An antivenom developed in 1959 further reduces the likelihood of death. Despite this, many people suffer the agony of a sting every year. Very hot water (not scalding) can be used to relieve the pain, but medical treatment should be sought.

First Aid

For stone fish stings treatment involves washing the wound site immediately and soaking the affected area in hot but not scolding water (ideally 45 C) for up to 90 minutes may relieve the pain. This is not suitable for infants, the very elderly, or those with poor skin condition as hot water may burn the skin. If hot water is not able to be used ICE can be applied as this may help with the pain in some cases.

CALL 000 and Seek Medical Assistance

References

http://australianmuseum.net.au/reef-stonefish-synanceia-verrucosa-bloch-schneider-1801#sthash.5HcB20pE.dpuf

https://www.health.qld.gov.au/poisonsinformationcentre/bites_stings/bs_marine.asp

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