Surfers warned about venomous fish

Surfers and swimmers along the west coast are warned about a dangerous fish which may be lurking below the waters for the next couple of weeks.

Due to the new moon and spring tide, which leads to low water levels, the venomous weever fish may come in contact with those in the water.

The small fish, which is sandy coloured, is about 15cm long and has a row of black venomous spines along its dorsal fin. Its sting causes excruciating pain.

People are advised to stay out of the water and not to swim until at least an hour after low water. If you get stung, plunge your feet into very hot water; an anti-venom injection may be required from a doctor.

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