Scorpionfish

Scorpionfish is found near the Pacific coast of Australia. To see it is not easy: it is like a chameleon, depending on the color of the environment, it becomes green, then brown. Scorpionfish lives in shallow water near the shore. During low tide, it buries itself in the mud or gravel, where it is waiting for the tide. More common on the rocky, seaweed-covered ground. Sometimes there is also a sandy bottom at a depth of 20 to 500 m. Often the fish lies motionless on the bottom, well camouflaged and waiting for prey. Disturbed fish swims quickly in search of a new shelter.

Scorpionfish is found near the Pacific coast of Australia. To see it is not easy: it is like a chameleon, depending on the color of the environment, it becomes green, then brown

Maximum body length is 50 cm, but often only 30 cm. The body is strong, slightly flattened laterally. A large, broad head covered with thorns. Above the eyes and nostrils are tentacular skin growths. Skin is also covered by numerous skin growths. Along the side of the line it is equal to the amount of about 35 to 40. Scorpiofish periodically sheds, often several times a month.

Scorpionfish feeds on crustaceans, molluscs, fish. Golden scorpionfish hunts from ambush at dawn and at night. It relies mainly on its excellent camouflage and waits until the potential prey do not come close to it's close enough. Then she grabs it with lightning speed.

Scorpionfish is covered with a very strong and sharp spines, which are near the bases under the skin contains small bags filled with a very strong poison. Suffice not looking to step on fish like scorpionfish thorns pierces the foot, and poison on the special grooves, gets into a wound. Man thus feels a sharp pain, sometimes losing consciousness. The leg swells, and if the victim does not have primary care, death occurs quickly. Even after months, there may be similar to the episodes of pain and blood circulation disorders. Since the poison is sensitive to high temperatures, as a matter of urgency, you can put the bite in hot water about 500 C or make a hot compress. However, this method is controversial, since in addition to poisoning may even lead to burns.

Scorpionfish appreciated by the local population. Removing poison gland, scorpionfish meat eaten. Large specimens are extinguished in whole or roasted in the oven. After cooking, the fish becomes decorative red and has a relatively soft meat.

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