Stepped on a Stonefish? You could be dead inside an hour. Our advice for the unfortunate? Seek urgent help immediately — and start saying your prayers. Most common in coastal Indo-Pacific regions, the Stonefish lurks on the ocean floor, hidden amongst coral and rocks, its remarkable camouflage making it all but invisible.
Come into contact and you’ll soon know that it’s there, however, the dorsal fin spikes injecting a poisonous blast into misplaced feet. The good news is that an anti-venom is available — but you’ll need to be quick.
The Reef Stonefish, native to Australia, is considered the most venomous fish on the planet, a sting prompting immense pain that can, in some instances, result in heart failure. Think you’re safe sticking to the sand? Think again. The Stonefish can survive out of the water for up to 24 hours — so even on the beach, dangers endure.