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Fish #194 Lesser Weever Echiichthys vipera ~ Wes Finch
45 x 35 cm Pen, crayon, watercolour & acrylic paint.
The lesser weever is a venomous weever of the family Trachinidae. It grows up to 18 cm long, but generally less than 15 cm, and is generally found on the sandy sea beds of the open sea, near the shore. Lesser weevers may sting swimmers badly if disturbed in the water, and fishermen when they clean their fishing nets. They are typically found resting on the bottom, partially buried with eyes and tip of first dorsal fin exposed.
I've never seen it in the flesh but I certainly felt the effects of its venomous spine when stepping barefoot on one when surfing off the Gower coast in South Wales. The pain in my toe was intense and lasted for about half an hour. Luckily, the locals told me it was a common occurrence and assured me it wasn't fatal!
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