Poisonous pufferfish discovered on West beach by dog walkers
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.
The rare and deadly cceanic pufferfish, found in a rock pool by holidaymaker Julian Buckland and his wife