Weaver fish and jet skis

During the months when the water is warmer you may encounter weaver fish and of course you can’t actually see them because they bury themselves in sand / mud / light shingle ready to pounce on small prey, e.g. your feet! Although they are generally quite small (8-12cm) they do pack a sting if you tread on them. If this is something that worries you then my advice would be to wear flip-flops or sea shows into the water and then once you are in and can float, take them off, pop them up the back of your swimsuit – and hey presto! If you want to know more including what to do if you are stung, take a look at the following link https://britishseafishing.co.uk/weever-fish/ or simply ignore the link if you’d rather not know 😊

Another issue that seems to have come to the fore is that of jet skis. As ever, it is the behaviour of a few that mar it for the many, including other jet skiers. If you hire out jet skis then you need a licence from the the Isle of Wight Council (https://www.iow.gov.uk/Council/OtherServices/Licence-Pleasure-Boats/Faqs) If you own one, then please do look at the local bylaws about leaving and approaching the shore (slowly and carefully) and how far from the shore you should be before opening up to full throttle and having fun 😊

For Sandown Bay, where there are many swimmers, it is 200m from mean low water mark – all the info is available on line and for Sandown Bay – take a peek at this link https://seasaltandwriting.files.wordpress.com/2020/06/sandown-bay.pdf

Published by Victoria Thorneton-Field

Oceanographer, writer, advocate for mental health and environmental issues, all-year-round sea swimmer, located on the beautiful Isle of Wight.

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