Brit beachgoers soaking up the sun have been warned of tiny sea creatures with a sting "more painful than childbirth" after 11 people were left in agony.
The tiny weever fish is causing havoc on beaches across the UK, with coastguards issuing an urgent safety warning amid multiple concerning reports.
Beachgoers complained of being stung by the fish, with 11 people said to have trodden on the weever fish, whose spine is said to cause excruciating pain "worse than childbirth".
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The poisonous fish are said to have given some extreme bouts of pain to 11 victims so far, with a swimmer saying that they deliver some extreme pain.
Coastguard officials have said the reports are "nothing to be alarmed about" but advise those heading to the beach to wear some type of footwear.
Weever fish bury themselves slightly in sand near the water's edge at low tide, with the small, 8cm fish having a spine that, if stood on, can deliver intense pain with their poisonous dorsal spines.
Recent reports led to many sharing their experiences and encounters, with one woman taking to Facebook to talk of how her daughter trod on two weever fish.
The mum wrote: "Her screaming was unbearable and the beach wardens said grown men scream exactly like that! Literally watched loads of poison bubbles popping up all around the two areas stung.
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"It also paralysed her big toe! Had to rush her down to get first aid, which was to immerse her foot in boiling/as close to boiling water as she could take for half an hour to draw the venom out."
Another weever fish victim from Ceredigion, Wales, said they had "never felt so much pain" and "would rather have had another baby," NorthWalesLive reported.
Those unlucky enough to be stung while on a beach excursion are told to immerse their foot in the safest high temperatures of water possible as well as the use of painkillers as the "worst of the pain will start 30 minutes" after the sting.
Advice from a Moelfre Coastguard spokesperson said: "Treatment for stings is hot water immersion at the highest temperature that is safe to do so – and keep topping up with hot water. Please take care, do not pour boiling water directly onto the skin!"
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