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Hazardous Marine Life (Part 1)

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Hazardous Marine Life (Part 1)

Post Number:#1  Postby zzz » Sun Jul 15, 2007 8:09 pm

Decided to do something worthwhile with my time (after Bijan pointed out I have been posting non-serious stuff lately). Divedoc, please add on if necessary..

Family: Scorpaenidae
The Scorpaenidae family as 3 distinct groups, based upon their venom organ structure and toxicity.
These 3 groups and their representative genera include the following: •      Pterois - Long, slender spines with small venom glands and a less potent sting (eg, lionfish)

•      Scorpaena - Shorter and thicker spines with larger venom glands and a more potent sting (eg, scorpionfish)

•      Synanceia - Stout, powerful spines with highly developed venom glands and a potentially fatal sting (eg, stonefish)

Symptoms: severity of symptoms are progressively more severe from Pterois (lionfish) to Scorpaena (scorpionfish) to Synanceia (stonefish).
* Severe pain (which may last up to 12 hours if untreated)
* Local swelling
* Tissue necrosis and subsequent infection
* Occasional systemic effect (nausea, muscle weakness, dyspnea, hypotension)


* Warmwater- soak the affected limb in warm water
* Pain relief
* Antibiotics
* Tetanus immunization (so you need to see a doctor)
* If develop infection may need debridement.

So guys and gals…. Know your marine life, how they look like and their habits… please don’t get stung.. Happy diving.
Last edited by anas on Tue Jul 17, 2007 12:16 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Post Number:#2  Postby anas » Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:07 am

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