Wilderness: Sea Snake Bite Topic Guide
Sea Snake Bite: Sea snakes are generally not aggressive unless provoked or cornered. Sea snakes are highly venomous. Symptoms from a sea snake bite will occur within three hours of the bite and include painful muscles, inability to move the legs, joint aches, blurred vision, thick tongue, excessive saliva production, vomiting, and droopy eyelids. There is an antivenom available for sea snake bites.
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Scuba Diving: Scorpionfish, Lionfish, and Stonefish Poisoning Scorpionfish, lionfish, and stonefish are all poisonous marine animals that live in tropical and temperate oceans, especially the Red Sea and Indian and Pacific oceans. Each of these fish have poisonous erectile spines on their dorsal, anal, and pelvic fins. Encounters with these fish is generally accidental. The fine poisonous spines are covered in a mucous-containing poison that can cause mild to severe reactions. Symptoms of poisoning from these fish include intense throbbing and pain, redness, bruising, edema, numbness, tingling, blisters, numbness, and tissue shedding at the sting site. Treatment is immersion in hot water, local pain blocks, tweezers to remove any spines, washing the wound site, and possibly, medical treatment and a tetanus booster.
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