Monday, June 27, 2005

LIONFISH AT MABUL ISLAND



Shot this lionfish at the 'Paradise One' dive site of Mabul Island.
Size from head to tail was about 40 centimeters.
The bottom was very sandy and a slight stir of the scuba fins will send the sediments rising to cloud the picture.
Lionfishes are part of the Scorpion fish family, which means, that they have venomous fins that could hurt anyone coming into physical contact with it.
Extreme pain is felt when its fins puncture the human skin.
Movement of limbs become difficult, while nausea and breathing difficulties may follow.
Although death is rare, the broken fins in the skin remain active for many days.
Full recovery may take months.
However, if left untreated, the wound may deteriorate into gangrene.