Handling lionfish in the water after you have speared them or when you are cleaning them before cooking can be a dangerous task. Their venomous spines can lead to severe pain and blisters. There are tools and safety tips to help you stay safe when handling lionfish.
Lionfish have 18 venomous spines, 13 of which are in front of the dorsal fin on the top of the lionfish. There is 1 spine on each side in the pelvic fin and 3 spines in the anal fin.