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Barracuda blamed for biting child at Phuket beach

Barracuda blamed for biting child at Phuket beach

PHUKET: Local marine life experts suspect a barracuda bit an 8-year-old boy at Kamala Beach yesterday (May 1), inflicting serious wounds on the child.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 2 May 2022, 01:47PM

The boy was bitten on his lower right leg, leaving large bite wounds that were bleeding profusely, reported Phuket Tourist Police.

Phuket Tourist Police named the child as Naphat Chaiyarak Khrystenko, a Thai child with a Ukrainian father.

Naphat had come to the beach to swim with his father, the officers explained.

The boy was swimming in the water in front of Kamala Police Station when he was bitten, the officers noted.

Rescue workers were called and performed first aid on Naphat before taking him to Bangkok Hospital Phuket for treatment as the wounds continued to bleed heavily.

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At last report Naphat had received the proper treatment and was recovering from his injuries.

After examining the wounds, doctors were informed that the animal that most likely inflicted the bite was a barracuda, Tourist Police reported.

One marine expert had explained that the wound was quite wide and that the barracuda was estimated to be 80-120cm long.

The barracuda was likely a female, and barracudas are currently in their breeding season, the marine life expert also said, according to police.

Tourists visiting the beach were urged to remain vigilant while swimming in the area, and to call for help if they are bitten.

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moskito | 03 May 2022 - 11:35:49

and btw, actually the biggest Barracuda i ever saw here was around a meter or 120cm. An animal of this species with 2m in the indian ocean is rare to not possible. Usually they are 120-170cm fully outgrown and thats really large. 
AND @Kurt ... WHICH TOURISTS are you talking about :D :D 

maverick | 03 May 2022 - 11:35:37

Kurt@ we are not part of the sharks food chain which is why divers are rarely bothered underwater , on the surface there is a degree of risk. They have been in the water for millions of years, divers less than 70 years not sure I would want to be around should that change. I have dived with most species in South Africa, including Bulls and Tigers and without cages. In thailand sharks are skittish.

moskito | 03 May 2022 - 11:29:27

Barracudas are actually really a bit scary. I am a diving instructor with 3000+ dives on Maldives and i left the water only once, when there was a large, about 2m+ Barracuda following us for 10min, very close about 5m away, my divers was scared, Barracudas swim like submarines, you cant see much movement when they going up or down and they are terrible fast. Sharks you can read, Barrakudas not. 

JohnC | 03 May 2022 - 09:29:59

Barracuda are not interested in humans, unless you are stupid enough to swim with shiny jewellery or similar that reflects the sunlight and looks a wounded fish or easy meal for a predator.

Kurt | 03 May 2022 - 09:06:09

It is true that we divers have practical nothing to fear from sharks. Sharks not like the smell of wetsuites and the sound of airtank/bubbles. But beach swimmers are different in shark thinking. Protecting and warning beach swimmers is not 'shark witch hunting'. Sharks are beautiful creatures, they have there place in ocean eco system.

maverick | 03 May 2022 - 07:03:55

More danger from south west monsoon that is soon to hit our shores I dive with sharks all the time the last thing this species needs is a witch hunt

Kurt | 02 May 2022 - 23:13:16

Local marine experts are not so much of experts? Anyway, the 'First class holiday destination' Phuket what actually only has to offer beaches, should not only start to keep the beaches clean, but also safe! Yes, beach water patrols should be started to offer tourists safe beaches. Government vigilance.

DeKaaskopp | 02 May 2022 - 15:35:59

@Kurt " Beach water patrols " ?   You want them to be on a lookout for barracudas ? Anything else you want them to search the waters for ? Jelly fish, stone fish, water snakes and so on ? Jeez !

Kurt | 02 May 2022 - 15:02:33

Ok Foreign tourists? Call for help when bitten. That will do!  As Phuket Officials seem to know very well that it's baracuda breeding season the money bringing tourists may expext the Thai to have beach water patrols, right? To protect their tourist earnings, yes? Behave as good protective hosts at Phuket destination!


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