By now, you’re probably aware of Coyote Peterson and his loosely masochistic antics. He’s an animal expert who scours the globe in search of excruciating insect stings, snapping turtle bites and the occasional sloth turd. He wears a safari hat and offers enthusiastic musings on the animal kingdom.
In the latest episode of his Brave Wilderness YouTube series, Coyote journeys to the south Florida coast to square off with a lionfish, a venomous species labeled an invasive threat to reef ecosystems and native stocks of grouper and snapper, according to NOAA. The lionfish -- alternatively called a “red zebra fish,” “turkeyfish,” and “peacock lionfish,” among sundry other names -- is a dangerous bastard. The fish has 13 dorsal spines that “deliver a venomous sting that can last for days and cause extreme pain, sweating, respiratory distress, and even paralysis...If you are stung by a lionfish, seek medical attention immediately,” writes NOAA.
Even with the glaring advisories, Peterson went and bagged a lionfish and stung himself with it. As one can imagine, it’s a sweat-inducing thing to watch as the man writhes in pain in that familiar way.