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I've been hit by them a few times. The live ones....in the water ...they hurt ...but not as bad as a bee sting. The ones that have been on ice aren't much to speak of. The poision resides between the spine and the delicate membrane that covers it. When you get stuck the spine pierces the membrane and goes into your flesh. For the sting to be at its worst the spine has to be pristine and the penetration has to be well into the flesh.
I think that once the membrane has been roughed up or removed completely....like would happen while the were in a net or cooler...the poision is washed away or degrades quickly.
It's known that the poision degrades quickly when heated....it's unknown how much cold effects it.
 
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