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Kenting, Taiwan -- Reef stonefish (Synanceia verrucosa)<br />
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The expertly camouflaged stonefish is often overlooked by divers. It resembles a motionless, algae-covered rock and produces the most deadly fish venom known. The neurotoxin is injected into victims through hollow dorsal fin spines.<br />
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My dive buddy, who was ahead of me at the time, spotted this stonefish on a the side of a steep reef wall at 25 m. He indicted to me to come over and have a look. As I approached the site, he used BOTH his outstretched arms with clenched fists to point out the stonefish to me. Amongst diver, an outstretched arm with a clenched fist is used to indicate potentially dangerous marine life.<br />
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With divers having described the excruciating and long-lasting pain of a stonefish sting as 13(!) on a 1-10 scale, I guess one can't be too careful!