NANFA-- fish sting
Thu, 9 Dec 1999 18:42:18 EST

This isn't a fish bite story, more of a fish sting story. Two years ago I was
snorkeling looking for small fish to net. This is in marine water in Key
West, Florida. I was lifting coral rocks heavily covered with algae when I
got a pain in my hand, I had grabbed a Spotted scorpionfish Scorpaena
plumieri blending in with the algae, his dorsal spine was imbedded between
my little and next finger. He stayed on for a second or two wiggling then
came loose and swam away.
I felt nauseous and swam back to shore. My hand started to
hurt a lot, by the time I got home it was swelled and hurt a lot more. I
remembered reading about lionfish stings to immerse your hand in water as hot
as you could stand, I did this for the next 4 hours it gradually relented but
my hand was sore for a week. I'm a lot more careful when I pick up rocks now.

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