Surviving The Sting - Four Stories From The Sea
Stinging and stabbing sea creatures are equally prevalent and dangerous in South-East Asia as they are in Australia. From Fairfax's Sydney Morning Herald, the following article was published in Australia on 28 December 2018:
Around Australia, stingrays ripple through our oceans gracefully – but make no mistake, they carry protection wherever they go. On top of their tails are serrated barbs smeared in venom.
The Box Jellyfish: "You go far off the beaten track looking for paradise; but we were stuck there. And it could have turned out much worse."
The Irukandji: "I spent five days in a coma while they tried to keep the fluid from my lungs and my heart functioning long enough for the poison to go."
The Stingray: "I felt this pain in the back of my ankle and my first reaction was, ‘I think something bit me’. We went back up to shore and I realised there was a cut on the outside [of my leg] and also one on the inside – so whatever it was had gone in on the outside, come out on the other side of my Achilles tendon, and pulled back out again."
The Cobbler Fish: "I spent the next 48 hours being given morphine and pethidine. I was hallucinating. As soon as the pethidine began to drop off, my body would return to freezing and fire. It was hell on Earth."Read The Full Four Stories: