A med­i­cal guide to han­dling in­ter­ac­tions with ma­rine crea­tures

Scuba Diver Australasia - - Research, Education & Medicine - By and

No mat­ter how care­ful they are, sooner or later most divers are stung, bit­ten, punc­tured or poi­soned by a ma­rine an­i­mal. While a healthy re­spect for ma­rine life and the en­vi­ron­ment is a good safety mea­sure, ac­ci­dents hap­pen and se­ri­ous af­flic­tions may re­sult.

Sharks are com­monly thought of as the an­i­mal most likely to cause in­jury, but in truth, there are many other ma­rine an­i­mals that can in­jure divers. Crea­tures such as bar­racuda, seals, ot­ters and eels – while not nor­mally ag­gres­sive – may re­act de­fen­sively and bite hu­mans.

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