The most poisonous fish species in northern Europe have been discovered in large numbers along the southern coast.
He has recently caught around 30 dwarf faces on the hook along the beaches of Sjøsanden in Mandal. Some of them completely in 8 inches of shallow water.
The fish is considered to be the most poisonous fish species in northern Europe.
– I think that Sjøsanden and the surrounding beaches have the epicenter, but the possibility that it is elsewhere in Sørlandet is relatively large, he says and adds:
– It is not much larger than 12-14 centimeters and has slightly different colors than the usual face. At the same time, they have a cocktail of poison in their beaks, which can cause great damage.
Was TV 2 who mentioned the case for the first time.
More poisonous than a viper bite
Lindesnes municipal chief physician Viggo Lutcherath says that a bite from the face of a dwarf is characterized as more poisonous than a snake bite.
– So it’s quite toxic. It is very rare that he takes life, as I understand it. It is still incredibly painful and causes severe swelling, says the municipal superintendent.
The dwarf face has several barbs along the dorsal fin and the fin above the head.
The most common reason for being bitten is that people step on the fish that hide under the sand during the day.
“This is not something that is desirable that we should get, but it may be a consequence of having a warmer climate,” says Lutcherath.
Now he says that people should take their precautions when bathing and risk finding it, even when wearing bathing shoes.
The municipal chief doctor has notified the Marine Research Institute and the state administrator for a study of the extension along the coast in Sørlandet.
Admitted to hospital
On August 30, Ingunn Josdal from Mandal was in Sjøsanden to fish for sea bass.
Instead, he put a face on the hook, he thought.
When she was bitten by one of the barbs as she was about to pull the fish off the hook, she experienced pain that she had never experienced before. It turned out that it was a dwarf face that he had pulled from the beach.
– Imagine if some children had been stabbed, Josdal tells Fædrelandsvennen.
She went to the emergency room in Mandal, before she was referred to Kristiansand hospital.
Just over a month later, she was admitted to the Rikshospitalet in Oslo, where she underwent several minor operations on her hand.
– I have been very ill and it has been difficult to get the poison out of my hand, in addition to the infections, she says.
Josdal says she’s usually very tolerant, but this is unlike anything she’s been involved in.
Harmful to the tourism industry
Because the fish is so poisonous, species fisherman Alvestad believes it is harmful to the tourism industry when discovered further south in Europe.
He does not think it has anything to do with the fact that the species has now reached the south coast.
– The faces of dwarfs that I have received have a size that indicates that they are more than five years old, so they have probably been here for a while and have multiplied several times, says Alvestad.
He points out that in two days of fishing he got more dwarf faces than is discovered in Denmark in a year.
Now he’s excited about how widespread it turns out to be.
Itself Blog, Alvestad describes the findings as a sensation.