Dangerous Mediterranean Sea Creatures


For 99% of tourists visiting the Mediterranean beaches this summer, swimming in the sea is incident free.  However, for the teeny tiny percentage of those unlucky enough to have an unpleasant experience, this is what they are most likely to encounter:

Over fishing and extreme temperatures have led to a surge of stingers which multiply throughout the Med.  During summer months, swarms of critters are fished out of the sea so they don’t impact on beachside resorts.

The most common jellyfish are the Sea nettle or Mauve stinger but most worryingly in past years, Portuguese Man-o-War have been detected off the Spanish coastline, which have been known to spark heart attacks or even death in those allergic to their poison.

The best remedy for jellyfish stings isn’t by peeing on the sting (that’s an old wives tale!), but remove any tentacles with tweezers and then apply white vinegar.  Do not use fresh water or rub the area.  If you get a severe reaction, go straight to hospital.

weaver fishWeaverfish:
My boyfriend was nipped by one of these little buggers while fishing off Cala Major in Majorca yesterday.  Weaver fish burrow themselves into the sand and trap passing fish as they swim by.  Unfortunately, weaver fish have nasty poisonous spines, so swimmers who tread on spines protruding through the sand will get a nasty shock.

The pain is intense, and feet can swell up badly to the point of numbness.  The best remedy is to soak the wound in as hot water as you can tolerate as this neutralises the poison.

sea urchinSea Urchins:
Sea Urchins are quite common around rocky shore lines.  They look like black ping-pong balls which have been covered with needles.  They are not poisonous but getting spiked can be painful and if not treated, can get infected.

The best advice to avoid getting spiked is to wear aqua or jelly shoes, which will give you some protection.

Great White SharkSharks:
Great white sharks have been spotted in the Mediterranean, particularly around Spain and Italy.  It’s believed that they’ve made their way in from the Atlantic ocean to reproduce.

A shark attack was recorded in Italian waters  in 1989  when a Great White Shark killed a scuba diver.  There have only been two shark attacks in Spain in the 20th Century when a windsurfer got a nasty nip from a Great White in 1986 and another swimmer lost some toes in 1993.

The threat is miniscule so hardly worth worrying about. Forget about the sharks, the biggest threat for swimmers is  from jet-skis and power boats.  So to avoid being run over, make sure you swim within the buoys, stay safe and most of all, enjoy your holiday!

Wednesday 26 August 2009 11:26 | Published by | Categoriy: Interesting Stuff,Travel News


  1. Do you think Kenny Everit was spiked by a weaver fish on his hands when he had those big massive ones.
    Love the way you list a shark attack as an ‘unpleasant experiences’ “Honestly he was just playing, if he was really attacking me he’d have bitten both my legs off”

    John Hooks

  2. LOL!!! I reckon you’re right. I think Kenny Everett had a nasty case of weaver fish stings. Seriously, that’s actually what happens to your hand if one gets you! And yes, these Great Whites were just playing (didn’t like the taste of toes) or they would’ve gone for something bigger.


  3. Jellyfish are such a pain! … but um a shark attack can be more “unpleasant” as you put it lol

    Seriously though, great advice there about the jet-skis and powerboats. As with most things, I find that the biggest threat is nearly always from humans.



  4. Sharks are cool, if they don’t like you they’ll spit you out!

    malcolm kyle

  5. C’mon wheres the Bearded fireworm jus’ got the nurotoxins in me last week!

    Ben Masters

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  8. Dear john hooks I really found that comment unhelpful and lame and pathological. Please refrain from being soooo meticulous and permiscuous or I will end you career as a cunt.


  9. Some decades ago I was on one of my many visits to Malta and went swimming in St Julian Bay. The sea bed around one part of the beach was covered in what looked like black tennis balls. On the couple of miles walking back, my left foot was beginning to hurt and made it difficult to walk. I found out the entire ball of my foot was covered with large black dots. They were spines of these sea urchins. I had my foot examined and given nothing more than a hefty coat of antiseptic; it wasn’t a good idea to do more because they were very fragile and difficult to remove. A couple days or so and they began to clear. I had no idea that I was getting the spines in my foot, because there was no pain at the time. After a couple weeks, everything was OK. I consider myself lucky.


  10. jellyfish are a real pain i got stung more than 350 times and bytime the jellyfish poison doesn’t hurt or cause effects as much as before, the first stung i got i got a huge scar on my wrist, and now i can grab jellyfish with my hand and move them around my body with no pain or effects like swelling or redness


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