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Weaver Fish

Updated: Jun 1

We recently ran a poll on our Instagram feed… Have you heard about the infamous Weaver fish?

They are a beautiful multi-tonal small fish that hide in the sand at low tide to avoid predators. At times it seems like they’re just waiting for someone to step on them. They are one of the few poisonous fish species in the United Kingdom, when their spines pierce the skin it can leave the recipient in a lot of pain and discomfort, much like a wasp sting.

Should you be unfortunate enough to step on one we advise that you seek the local lifeguard for medical assistance.

A few things to avoid when treating Weaver stings are…

⁃ Using vinegar on the wound

⁃ Weeing on the sting 🙈 yes it’s been known to be done

⁃ Applying ice / cold packs

⁃ Touching the spines left with bare hands

⁃ Covering or closing the wound.


To treat it we recommend seeking out a Lifeguard or medically trained professional, they can assist by…

⁃ Removing any remaining spines with tweezers

⁃ Provide warm water to soak the foot for as little as 30 minutes

⁃ Treat the residual pain with OTC pain meds - Paracetamol, Ibuprofen or wasp sting spray.

Finally, rest up - being stung by a Weaver can be quite a traumatic and painful experience.

Have fun in the water and mind those toes! 🦶🏻

Pic by Natalie @StIvesSeaTrips

Weaver fish on Porthmeor Beach St. Ives

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Derek Emery
Derek Emery
Feb 06, 2023

I've luckily, only been stung the once by a Weaver fish and I can confirm it is the most painful thing I've ever encountered. It felt like I had stood on a nail and the pain took forever to dissipate. I recommend the wearing of waterproof footwear, when entering the water, especially at low tide.

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