The Stonefish

The Stonefish

Let’s talk about a Master of Camouflage, the deadly Stonefish

The Stonefish can be found in many of the popular day trip destinations in Phuket. They are not small, reaching an average length of 30 to 40 centimeters and up to 2 kg in weight.

They have the ability to blend in the environment quite well and they can be quite difficult to notice underwater. A bottom-dweller, their appearance gives them the look of a rock or stone while they lay still waiting for a prey. When a prey is in the striking zone, the attack takes about 0.015 seconds.

Stonefish @ Racha Yai, Bay 1

Stonefish @ Racha Yai, Bay 1

The Stonefish defense mechanism is the venom that they pack in 13 dorsal spines. This venom is released when pressure is applied on the spine, so this highlights the importance of good buoyancy control for divers. Watch where you put those hands, this fish is the most venomous in the world!

You want to get the most out of your diving experience with Local Dive Thailand? Why not take the AWARE Fish Identification Specialty course, where you’ll learn more about the fish we encounter underwater.

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