Crete: locals catch giant silver-cheeked toadfish with enough poison to kill 30 people

More toxic than the cobra and more deadly than the scorpion – with no known antidote

A giant silver-cheeked toadfish over half a meter in length was caught on Sunday in the port of Heraklion, Crete, according to local sources.

According to, the silver-cheeked toadfish, which has inundated the eastern shores of Crete as well as other parts of Greece, is the second most toxic creature in the world.  Its toxin is 1250 times stronger than cyanide and there is no known antidote.

In addition to posing a serious threat to the ecosystem, this extremely invasive fish species is very dangerous to man.  More toxic than the cobra and deadlier than the scorpion, one silver-cheeked toadfish contains enough poison to kill 30 people.