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What is the most poisonous fish in the world?

The stonefish, which lives off the coast of Australia, is the most poisonous fish on Earth! Also known as the Reef Stone fish, it has thirteen spines on its dorsal fin, filled with highly toxic venom that can cause inexplicable pain or even death to humans who were stinged.

usually brown and grey in color, the stone fish lives in coral bottoms. They can dig into the sandy bottoms with their fins too, where they live nicely camouflaged while keeping a wary eye out for prey.

When an unsuspecting fish or small creature swims past, the stone fish strikes out with lightning speed and precision.

Most stonefish stings occur when humans stepped on the fish and the venom is forced into the foot. Because they can be difficult to notice as they resemble rocks, stonefish stings can occur on the beach, not just in the water but also ashore, as these fishes can survive out of the water for up to 24 hours. After stonefish poisoning, the amount of anti-venom given depends on the number of puncture wounds from the stonefish spines.

Despite the killer venom of the stonefish, the Aborigines of Northern Australia and the Great Barrier Reef considers the fish a special delicacy.  They use age-old methods of preparing the fish for eating to avoid poisoning.

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