Poi­sonous puffer­fish dis­cov­ered on West beach by dog walk­ers

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

A COU­PLE walk­ing their dog on a West beach were stunned to find an ex­tremely rare and deadly trop­i­cal puffer­fish.

The hol­i­day­mak­ers stum­bled across the dan­ger­ous oceanic puffer­fish in a shal­low rock pool in Hayle, Corn­wall.

But they didn’t re­alise the fish was highly ven­omous – for which there is no known an­ti­dote – un­til after­wards.

Ju­lian Buck­land, from Glouces- ter­shire, said: “My wife and I came across this fish in a rock pool at the end of Mex­ico beach and start of Gwith­ian beach.

“Af­ter re­turn­ing to our chalet and con­sult­ing pic­tures on Google, the only match we could make was that of an oceanic puffer fish.

“Ap­par­ently they are deadly if touched. For­tu­nately my wife didn’t try to put it back in the sea since I couldn’t recog­nise the species.

“We thought we should warn oth­ers of the dan­ger should they come across one in the fu­ture.”

The oceanic puffer­fish are very rare vis­i­tors to the UK, al­though they have been recorded in Corn­wall be­fore, most re­cently in 2014.

They nor­mally live in trop­i­cal or sub-trop­i­cal re­gions al­though it is pos­si­ble the warmer sea tem­per­a­tures bring them to the UK.

The in­ter­nal or­gans con­tain a pow­er­ful poi­son.

Pic­ture: Ju­lian Buck­land/SWNS.COM

The rare and deadly cceanic puffer­fish, found in a rock pool by hol­i­day­maker Ju­lian Buck­land and his wife

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