The question whether there are any poisonous fish can be answered with a resounding ‘yes’. There are, in fact, many different species of poisonous fish in oceans and rivers all over the world.
Whether you are swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving in the sea, there is therefore always a chance that you may come across a poisonous fish of some kind or another.
Some species of poisonous fish
Some of the most dangerous fish you may come across include the:
- Puffer fish
- Red lionfish
- Striped eel catfish
Then, of course, there are other marine creatures that are poisonous. These include, among others, some species of octopus, including the blue-ringed octopus, for instance, some sea urchins, jellyfish and electric eels, moray eels and, of course, sharks.
Preventing incidents involving marine life
On beaches, visitors are usually warned of the presence of potentially dangerous sea life by warning flags. In many cases, you will be warned about poisonous marine creatures by a purple flag. This may, however, vary depending on countries, so it is important to familiarise yourself with the colours and patterns of flags used to indicate different dangers wherever you are travelling, to prevent accidents involving marine creatures.
When diving or snorkelling, injuries by sea life can usually be avoided by leaving them alone and keeping well out of their way.
Preventing other mishaps
Other accidents on the beach or in the water can also often be prevented by taking a few simple safety precautions. Snorkelling or diving accidents, for example, can often be prevented by ensuring your equipment is in good working order, following instructions and generally being careful.
Slips, trips and falls may be prevented by watching your step and reporting any slip, trip or fall hazards immediately.
When adventures go wrong
Sometimes even your best efforts cannot prevent personal injuries. This may be the case if someone else makes a mistake or neglects their duty to protect you, such as a diving tour operator not maintaining equipment properly, for example.
If this happened to you and you sustained an injury in an accident while diving, snorkelling or boating, or if you are hurt in a trip, slip or fall, you could have the right to claim for compensation.
Discuss your case with an Accident Advice Helpline advisor to confirm that you are entitled to claim and have an in-house solicitor assigned to your case. The numbers to call from your home phone or mobile respectively are 0800 689 0500 and 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice