A weever had stabbed a fisherman in the hand when he tried to loosen the animal from a fish hook. The sting of the fish causes severe pain and swelling. In rare cases, circulatory collapse and cardiac arrhythmias can occur. Therefore, the 37-year-old man needed immediate medical attention. The captain of the cutter therefore called the sea rescuers of the German Society for the Rescue of Shipwrecked People (DGzRS).
Anglers should wear gloves
A little later, the sea rescuers from the Heiligenhafen station (Ostholstein district) set out for the cutter and brought the angler ashore for medical care, where he was handed over to the rescue service. The information center against poisoning of the University Hospital Bonn recommends anglers to wear gloves in any case to take struggling weever off the fishing line or out of the net. In the event of poisoning, she advises treating the stitches with “tolerable” hot water until the doctor arrives (maximum 45 degrees to avoid burns). The fish is one of the most dangerous poisonous animals in Europe.
Data and facts about the weever
- The fish comes in four species, which can be between 15 and 40 centimeters in size. It has a slim, narrow body and its color is adapted to the sandy seabed
- It is also called dragon fish, hellfish or even the “North Sea adder” because of its fins that are set up in a fan shape when there is danger and its aggressive behavior
- It is particularly widespread in the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and on the Atlantic coast as far as Norway – and is also increasingly common in the North and Baltic Seas
- In spring and summer, the weever bury themselves in the sand to spawn in shallow stretches of coastline, instead of fleeing when there is danger, they attack more aggressively
- The poison is located at the roots of the first dorsal fins as well as on the spines of the two side fins, which can each be set up
- It is considered to be the only poisonous fish in northern European waters; of the 30,000 fish species worldwide, however, 500 to 1,000 belong to this category (source: Zoological Institute of Rostock University)