enoch

Member
Puffer fish
It has just been put out the alarming numbers of puffer fish found off the beaches in the lara area, dozens have been found 5 pounds in weight. The fish is 1200 times more poisonous than cyanide. The fishermen are on alerted. As close as 50 metres from the beach they are saying how do we swim in the waters now.. They come from the Red Sea.
 

Kanga

Member
Puffer fish
I think it's the poisonous spines that affect you. Local hospitals will have an antidote. We've seen them on the menu and one of our sons had one once.
 

Akasya

Postless Pointer
Puffer fish
The puffer needs to be eviscerated by a specialist who can do so without spilling the poison from the ovaries or liver .
Steve
 

Jaycey

African Refugee
Puffer fish
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As said puffer fish (Fugu) are pretty harmless unless eaten when improperly prepared.

One of the best-known cases in Japan occurred a few years ago when a leading Kabuki actor died after eating fugu but eating it prepared by a licensed fugu chef is quite safe.

Personally I’ve always given them a miss – I much prefer perlemoen (Abalone?).
 

Kanga

Member
Puffer fish
Is there a confusion here? The fish with poisonous spines are called weever fish, we also have them here in UK. They tend to bury themselves in sand and if you tread on one it can cause a fatal reaction in some people. A friend caught one in Datca harbour and was badly affected, but he hospital had an antidote which saved him.
The puffer fish are the Japanese thing with a poisonous part of the flesh, as Jaycey says; I remember the actor's death, but it didn't seem to put people off eating them.


 

yalimart

The Carnwath Massive
Puffer fish
Puffer fish can be fatal to the touch as they secrete the toxin through their skin, best advice is don't lick them !
 

Jaycey

African Refugee
Puffer fish
Is there a confusion here? The fish with poisonous spines are called weever fish, we also have them here in UK. They tend to bury themselves in sand and if you tread on one it can cause a fatal reaction in some people. A friend caught one in Datca harbour and was badly affected, but he hospital had an antidote which saved him.
Sounds like a stone fish.
I trod on one off the Singapore shallows and thought I had trodden on a broken bottle. Got back to the shore helped by friends - no blood but my foot was the size of a football and b**** painful. Shrank after a while but lesson learned. always wear beach shoes when swimming in unknown waters.
The puffer fish are the Japanese thing with a poisonous part of the flesh, as Jaycey says; I remember the actor's death, but it didn't seem to put people off eating them.
Seems its the macho thing to do.
 

Kanga

Member
Puffer fish
That doesn't look anything like a puffer fish! They talked about a dogfish/shark and the photo looked like one, but that doesn't have spines. 5 kilos is quite a big fish!

Lots of strange creatures have migrated through the Suez canal, we now get Chinese Mitten crabs in UK waters which are breeding here, and a breed of crayfish which is killing our native species. It doesn't happen with the Panama canal because it's a series of locks.

This is happening all round the world where creatures are pumped into ballast tanks and then emptied out in another continent's seas.


The burrowing activity of Chinese mitten crab can undermine levees and significantly increase the occurrence of stream bank erosion. ... The mitten crab can even be a threat to human health – as they are an intermediate host of the Oriental lung fluke. Humans become infested if raw or undercooked crabs are eaten.
 

IbrahimAbi

Grey wisdom
Puffer fish
There are many varieties of puffer fish and that isn't one of them.

Might be good with chips & mushy peas though.
Getting a bit thin on the ground, mushy peas. No trips to the UK equates to no mushy peas, any offers?
 

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