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Bitten by Moray Eel ... ouch !
« on: 15 Apr 14, 17:56 »
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  • 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.
    For treatment:
    - 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)

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    Re: Bitten by Moray Eel ... ouch !
    « Reply #1 on: 15 Apr 14, 18:41 »
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  • Ouch. Sounds like you had a nasty bite. Glad that your finger is recovering well.

    Did you notice the moray before it came ?

    You should attach the picture you were taking when this happened. It a a picture that cost blood, sweat and tears.. literally! :D


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    Re: Bitten by Moray Eel ... ouch !
    « Reply #2 on: 15 Apr 14, 19:30 »
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  • That's serious man. Hope you wound recover soon!

    I too got bitten by these small nasty moray eel in Maldives! I was lucky to have my gloves though. They seems to be hiding in between cracks and small hole. The moment you come close, they will charge out so quick that you wont have time to react.
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    Re: Bitten by Moray Eel ... ouch !
    « Reply #3 on: 15 Apr 14, 19:33 »
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  • Hope you recover soon.... do be careful next time, large morals are known to remove fingers of divers....
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    Re: Bitten by Moray Eel ... ouch !
    « Reply #4 on: 15 Apr 14, 19:44 »
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  • No I did not notice the moray and suspect it came out from its hole as my fingers were nearing it.
    From what the local guides tell me, the big morays are not aggressive (ya, I have seen that video of the severed thumb) and only the small ones are to be wary of.
    I missed the last day of diving and from what I heard, the other divers kept clear of all morays after my incident !

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    Re: Bitten by Moray Eel ... ouch !
    « Reply #5 on: 15 Apr 14, 22:48 »
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  • Wishing you a speedy recovery bro. Just curious, how was your wound disinfected? Did you have your wounds soaked in hot-warm water or with centrimide or sodium chloride soltn, proflavine iodine?

    I suggest you do daily dressing change and apply Bactigrass or Paraffin gauze to speed up healing. Air the wounds for a while before applying new dressing. Clean wound with normal saline and sterile cotton balls.
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    Re: Bitten by Moray Eel ... ouch !
    « Reply #6 on: 16 Apr 14, 01:01 »
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  • sorry to hear that. but u r lucky enough if u watch the video of a phuket instructor.

    take care

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    Re: Bitten by Moray Eel ... ouch !
    « Reply #7 on: 16 Apr 14, 07:10 »
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  • Get well soon bro....sometime when taking photo we are too focused and may lost surrounding awareness awhile.
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    Re: Bitten by Moray Eel ... ouch !
    « Reply #8 on: 16 Apr 14, 09:50 »
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  • thanks all !
    I have those medical supplies from the Doctor. Airing the wound sounds like a great idea.
    On the Dhoni, it was just bottled water with dettol. The doctor poured iodine which sting like hell.

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    Re: Bitten by Moray Eel ... ouch !
    « Reply #9 on: 16 Apr 14, 13:26 »
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  • If your wounds are deep, better to apply the Bactigrass then cover the patch with opsite(transparent waterproof film). If the lacerations are around the fingers, use adhesive bandage instead of opsite. Too bad my medikit expandables just expired last month if not I can pass you mine.
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