Film ID:
YFA 5821



Visitor Tabs


Michael Clegg visits Bridlington to investigate the dangers of the stinging weeverfish.  He talks to people on the beach, a local doctor and nurse, and Dr David Lewis of Hull University who explains, with examples, many of the marine creatures, dangerous, and not so dangerous. 

The film begins with Michael Clegg paddling along the beach at Bridlington, stating that the beach is one of the cleanest in Britain, and indicating some of the sea life that is there, including a seal.  There are other people on the beach, a dog running into the sea and children playing.  Clegg talks about the dangers of standing, bare foot, on a weeverfish, which he shows to the camera.  He explains that they have spikes, or stings, on their back which emit a poison which is very painful and causes swelling.  He asks people on the beach whether they have heard of the weeverfish, and most say not, except for a girl.  Another group tell of their experiences of being stung by one.  Walking along the seafront, Clegg talks with Dr Des Lucie who states that the local hospital deals with about 30 to 50 cases of people being stung by a weeverfish each year.  He explains that it is very painful and we see a picture of a man with a swollen face after being stung by one. 

Clegg then walks along the promenade to a first aid post, where a nurse, Lynn Arnold, is treating a small girl with a cut toe.  Clegg questions the nurse about her experience of dealing with people with weever stings.  Dr David Lewis of Hull University is wading in the sea, dragging a net to collect the marine life.  Clegg watches as he drags the net onto the beach, and together they empty the contents of the net onto the sand, including small plaice, shrimps, a small crab, and a weeverfish.  Dr David Lewis talks about each of these creatures in turn, and shows how they bury themselves in the sand so that they cannot be seen, watched by a group of children.  He shows a ragworm doing this. 

They then walk along Bridlington harbour where they examine two enormous lobsters taken out of a tank, both with taped-up claws, and then a weeverfish. Dr Lewis talks about the fish, how the poisonous spines work, and how to treat a sting, using heat, usually with hot water.   They then enter the Harbour Museum and Aquarium.  Here they look at the various fish in the tanks, with Dr Lewis identifying them and talking about their characteristics, including plaice, brill, Dover sole, wrass, cod, coalfish, grey mullet, grey gurnard, woof or catfish. Dr Lewis shows Clegg a skull of a woof.  Clegg throws lugworms into the tank for the fish to eat.   There are angler fish in a separate tank.  The documentary ends with Clegg and Dr Lewis placing a weeverfish onto the beach, and watch as it buries itself into the sand.

Camera – Charles B. Wilson
Sound – Barrie Box
Editor – John Leeds
Dubbing mixer – Terry Cavagin
Director – Charlie Flynn
Production Assistant – Doreen Killon
Graphics – Paul Peppiate, Tony Sharpe
Senior editor – David Lowen
Executive Producer – Graham Ironside

Producer - Marylyn Webb