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February 1997 Vol. 12, No. 2   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Danger: Wild Eels

from the February, 1997 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

All those slick pictures of fearless divemasters feeding eels and sharks and morays leads a lot of divers to treat these animals as so many pussycats. Tigers might be a better analogy.

Australia's Cod Hole, on the Great Barrier Reef, is a major animal feeding zoo, but a few months ago a woman diver became the fodder. New Zealander Gillian White, 21, was bit on both arms by a six-foot moray. The damage to her right arm was so severe that it had to be amputated by surgeons after she was airlifted to a Queensland hospital. England's Diver magazine says she was lucky: an artery was severed, but a medically qualifed companion on the dive boat was able to treat it, most likely saving her life.

B. D.

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