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Dangerous animals in the Red Sea

Dangerous animals Red Sea, Egypt


We have some dangerous animals in the Red Sea, but if you don't touch anything and leave the animals alone, nothing will happen to you. Most animals will only hurt to protect themselves, so give them no reason to do so.

Dangerous animals Red Sea, Egypt

Dangerous animals in the Red Sea | Description

Dangerous animals Red Sea, Egypt

Dangerous animals in the Red Sea, Egypt. Dangerous animals in the Red Sea | Lionfish
Lionfish are dangerous when you touch them.
Dangerous animals in the Red Sea, Egypt. Dangerous animals in the Red Sea | Scorpionfish Family
The family of scorpionfish, which include the stonefish, the scorpionfish, the lionfish and the Red Sea walkman, is extremely poisonous. The spines of these fish are located on their backs. This fish family is very well camouflaged and looks like (dead) coral or rock. So, pay attention when you are tempted to touch rock or dead coral.
Dangerous animals in the Red Sea, Egypt. Dangerous animals in the Red Sea | Torpedo Ray
The torpedo ray can give you an electric shock of 220 volt if you touch it.
Dangerous animals in the Red Sea, Egypt. Dangerous animals in the Red Sea | Triggerfish
In May, triggerfish are nesting and thus become extremely territorial. Their territory is funnel shaped from the bottom of the sea up to the surface. The best plan of action is to swim around it while you keep your distance. The triggerfish will try to scare you and won't give up easily. If a triggerfish attacks, it will try to bite you. In that case, keep your fins between yourself and the triggerfish until it gives up the attack.
Dangerous animals in the Red Sea, Egypt. Dangerous animals in the Red Sea | Rays
The tip of the tail of a ray is poisonous and can, depending on the place of the sting, be fatal. In the Red Sea, ray attacks are rare because a ray just swims away when it feels threatened.
Dangerous animals in the Red Sea, Egypt. Dangerous animals in the Red Sea | Fire Coral
Fire coral is not poisonous, but can give you a lot of discomfort, such as burns and blisters, if you touch it.
Dangerous animals in the Red Sea, Egypt. Dangerous animals in the Red Sea | Conus Geographus
In the Conus Geographus, a small graphic looking shell, lives an animal that shoots arrows to catch pray or to protect itself. The poison in a single arrow can kill 15 people, so don't touch it.
Dangerous animals in the Red Sea, Egypt. Dangerous animals in the Red Sea | Sea Urchins
Only when you step on them, Sea Urchins sting. The poison can cause a lot of pain. In rare cases you have to visit a doctor. Sea Urchins are common near the shore, so be careful where you place your feet when you walk into the sea.

Dangerous animals Red Sea, Egypt


Dangerous animals in the Red Sea | Sharks

Dangerous animals Red Sea, Egypt


Most sharks in the Red Sea are shy and will (unfortunately) swim away when they see divers. The hammerhead, that only lives far from shore, will even send two of their group into another direction to distract divers. The Oceanic Whitetip is curious and will check you out on reefs like for example Elphinstone in Marsa Alam. Near a reef these sharks are harmless because there's enough food available.
Normally, you won't find sharks near the Egyptian shore with the exception of small, and very shy, reefsharks.
In Hurghada, the chance to encounter a shark is small due to the many divers and snorkelers.

Dangerous animals in the Red Sea, Egypt. Dangerous animals in the Red Sea, Egypt.

Dangerous animals Red Sea, Egypt

Sharks in the Red Sea could be potentially dangerous in the following cases:

Snorkeling near reefs where snorkeling is not allowed such as for example Elphinstone
Snorkeling on places where a big amount of food is thrown into the sea
Blocking the shark's escape route like for example in a cave
A ship accident at open sea

What to do when a shark comes too close?

Sharks don't like divers and are even less fond of bubbles. If, in your opinion, a shark comes too close, push your octopus air button and point it in the direction of the shark.

When could a shark attack?

A shark will never attack a human without a reason. Reasons for an attack are provocation of the shark, blocking the shark's escape route or snorkeling in areas where there's not enough food available.

Dangerous animals Red Sea, Egypt

Dangerous animals in the Red Sea | Symptoms

Dangerous animals Red Sea, Egypt


De symptoms of stings from animals in the Red Sea are: Pain, nausea, throwing up, swellings and shock.

Dangerous animals Red Sea, Egypt

Dangerous animals in the Red Sea | Treatment

Dangerous animals Red Sea, Egypt


If you are stung by an animal in the Red Sea, the first thing to do is to immerse the affected area immediately in hot water (between 43 and 45 degrees Celsius) for at least an hour. This prevents the poison from going further into your body. Thereafter, the spine must be removed and the wound cleaned and bandaged.
Keep an eye on the effected area for the next couple of days. If it gets red, very painful, or if you get a fever, you might have an infection and antibiotics are needed.
If you are stung by the Conus Geographus, a catfish or a stonefish, get medical help immediately after you have recieved the first aid as described above.

Dangerous animals Red Sea, Egypt

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