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Deadly Lionfish caught off Dorset coast by angler

A deadly Lionfish capable of killing a person has been found off the Dorset coast.

Angler Arfon Summers, 39, caught the six-inch-long species off Chesil Beach.

It’s thought to be the first time a Lionfish has been caught in Britain’s coastal waters.

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Arfon told The Sun:

“My mind was blown; a lionfish is a new offshore personal best.

“It’s no doubt the ocean is getting warmer to house these.

“I didn’t let it go due to it being an invasive species.”

Lionfish are usually found in warm waters in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean.

However, they have been recently spotted in the Mediterranean.

They have venomous spines which can cause extreme pain, sweating, respiratory problems, and even paralysis.

The fish has brown, red and white stripes over its body.

Its poison comes from 13 dorsal spines.

 

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