Lionfish (lionfish) is a very powerful predatory fish of the family scorpaenidae. As beautiful as they are dangerous.
Typically, the size of lionfish ranged from 20 to 40 cm, weight up to 1.5 kilograms. Lionfish have bright warning coloration with red, white, cream or black stripes. Long tape pectoral and dorsal fin make the lionfish similar to sea-bird, hence the name.
This luxurious “plumage” hiding sharp poisonous rays that can cause serious health damage. To meet you can fish near coral reefs at depths up to 50 meters. Lionfish are mostly nocturnal, during the day resting on the bottom or hiding in crevices, raising up the poisonous spines.
Lionfish do not attack humans, but he can be hurt by negligence. Inexperienced divers often approach the fish too close and even try to Pat them, in this case, the injection is inevitable. In addition, the swimmer can fail to notice the lionfish, and step on it, or accidentally touch his hand. So, admiring the beauty of the underwater world, in any case, do not lose caution and vigilance.
The shot of the lionfish cause in humans a number of systemic effects, such as severe pain, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, convulsions, numbness, dizziness, diarrhea, heavy sweating. In addition, lionfish venom can cause severe allergic reactions up to anaphylactic shock. For healthy people, the venom of a lionfish is not fatal, although the effect of poisoning may persist for up to several days. For the elderly, children, people with weakened immune systems and people with allergies, the consequences can be much more serious.