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Phuket experts baffled by Aussie tourist mystery fish bite

PHUKET: Marine biology experts have yet to confirm what might have bitten an Australian woman’s foot while she was swimming at Karon Beach today (Sept 1).

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Tuesday 1 September 2015, 07:40PM

Marine experts in Phuket have yet to confirm what bit Australian tourist Jane Neame on the foot. Photo:

Marine experts in Phuket have yet to confirm what bit Australian tourist Jane Neame on the foot. Photo:

Jane Neame, 37, entered the surf opposite Karon Police Station at about 8:30am, said Karon chief lifeguard Uten Singsom.

“It was morning, so there weren’t many tourists on the beach,” he said. “My colleague saw her calling for help in the water, which was only chest-deep.”

Lifeguards quickly brought her back to shore, where they discovered what seemed to be bite injuries on her left foot.

“I never seen this kind of injury in entire life,” Mr Uten said.

Ms Neame was was taken Bangkok Hospital Phuket, in Phuket Town, for treatment, while experts set to work trying to figure out

Meanwhile, marine biologists set to work to identify her attacker.

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Dr Kongkiat Kittiwatthanawong, Chief of the Marine Endangered Species Unit at the Phuket Marine Biology Centre (PMBC), told The Phuket News, “I could not confirm what it is. My colleague is checking.”

Shark expert Tessapon Krajangdara, a specialist at the Phuket Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Centre, said it was very unlikely the culprit was a shark.

“It is very rare for tourist to be bitten like this, and I have not been able to confirm precisely which kind of fish bit [Ms Neame’s] foot.

“It is possible that a small hammerhead shark bit her, as they feed in the early morning, but that would be very unusual, and a shark would normally bite a person on the leg [not the foot],’ he said.

“Also, the water where she was swimming is quite deep, but Phuket’s beaches are not known for attracting sharks. I can’t confirm what it is. I have to look at the wound closely in order to tell what kind of sea animal might have done this.”  



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Asterix | 02 September 2015 - 11:38:50

When we type: "injury by triggerfish" on Google, we see only a hole but no a long laceration as with the Australian bitten by a sea animal or cut by an object on the seabed at Karon Beach.
but when you type: "attack injury by shark" on Google, we have nasty pictures.

Arus | 02 September 2015 - 09:03:08

guys... it was a triggerfish by miles away. every diveguide can tell you. 100% sure. they\\\'re protecting the nest and they\\\'ve teeth that crunch corals... the size fits. very unlucky girl, but that\\\'s it

Thompx | 02 September 2015 - 08:17:11

That's a triggerfish attack

oldbugger | 02 September 2015 - 08:11:07

Maybe a cookiecutter shark?

Richard Vickers | 01 September 2015 - 22:26:02

Looks too clean for a shark attack... more likely a broken flourescent light tude thrown over by a fisherman, or some other piece of sharp trash. Nasty gash whatever it was.

Asterix | 01 September 2015 - 21:15:13

If it is true, all divers will be happy as it will be at least the sole alive shark in the Andaman Sea.
The wounds are not the same above and under the foot which make me perplexed to the fact it is an attack by a shark!
Since 36 years I live and dive in Thailand, I never read a story about drowned swimmers or fishermen to be found few days later to have marks from shark teeth on their bodies.

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