Just when us surfers thought it was safe to discard our booties and enjoy the warm(ish) waters at Irish beaches, a pesky little fish is causing problems. What lies beneath the sand in the shallow waters of many of our favorite surf spots is not to be taken lightly. Beware of the Weaver Fish!
The Weaver fish like to bury themselves in the sand in the warm shallow waters at low tide mark.
The fish itself is small at only 5-15cm long but it has a venomous dorsal fin which is left exposed above the sand. The fin may sometimes be strong enough to pierce through booties!
The sting can be extremely painful and anyone unlucky enough to step on one is in for alot of pain, sometimes lasting for weeks.
Treatment; The affected area should be immersed in as hot water as can be tolerated comfortably for 15 minutes. If this isn’t possible, cover the wound with hot flannels which should be changed repeatedly. The venom is deactivated by heat and the intense pain should subside within a few minutes of treatment. Simple painkillers such as paracetamol will also help to relieve the pain.
As with Jelly fish, the myth of peeing on the affected area is just that, a myth, and will not help to ease the pain!