A rare poisonous fish, usually found in tropical waters, was found earlier this month washed up on shore near a Vancouver Island community.
The tissues of the spotted porcupine fish contain tetrodotoxin, which can cause paralysis and eventually asphyxiation, according to Gavin Hanke, the curator of vertebrate zoology at the Royal B.C. Museum.
It's the first time the species has been found in B.C., he said. It's been preserved as part of the museum's collection.