4 days ago, I was bitten by a moray eel on my index finger while diving in the Maldives. The cuts were deep, irregular and required 10 stitches to close ... not a pretty sight.
While taking photo of some fish, I reached out my fingers to balance on a coral rubble and the moray came out from its hole and bit me. I had a good look at it while it slithered back into its hole. It was small in size (its head is 2-3 fingers big), brown/dark green in colour with light patches across chin & face. Ugly looking ones that you dont pay attention to usually.
Apparently, the moray is one of the more aggressive types that is well known in Maldives to attack unprovoked ! The guides and other instructor seem to know this and rightly guessed the creature that bit me.
Will post a photo of the moray if I can find one for others benefit.
- flush wound with clean running water
- disinfect (moray's mucous has bacteria/toxins)
- stop bleeding by applying pressure
- see doctor
- watch out for chills, fever, nausea, rapid heart rate which could be signs of infection or blood poisoning
I will be wearing gloves and supporting with my pointer in future.
With antibiotics and painkillers, my wound seem to be recovering with no complication. Fingers cross (not for now)