A long-beaked frogfish has suddenly attacked a seafarer in southeastern Thailand, sending the victim to the hospital with serious injuries.
The Bangkok Post, the rare incident happened at about 1 pm on March 31, local time. The man named Noppadol Sringam was attacked while swimming with friends in the waters of Ao Tan Khu in Laem Ngop district, Trat province, which is famous for its beautiful white sands and coral reefs between the Gulf of Thailand and Cambodia.
Witnesses said they heard the victim cry for help from the water before one swam out and pulled him to shore. Sringam was then given first aid and transferred to Trat Hospital.
Frog fish, also known as needlefish (Belonidae), is found in shallow coastal waters around the world. They usually swim near the surface of the water and can leap into the air at speeds of up to 60 km/h. As a result, their sharp beak becomes very dangerous in the process.
However, according to Suchart Jitmungmanotham, an official in Trat province, cases of frogs piercing human necks are rare and this is the first time recorded in Ao Tan Khu. Suchart advised beachgoers to exercise extra caution when swimming in the area and said it would increase the number of lifeguards to ensure their safety.
In 2018, an even more serious attack occurred in Trat, but in another sea, when a 22-year-old naval cadet, Kriangsak Pengpanich, was stabbed to death by a frogfish during underwater training. . The fish is said to have rushed at the victim at a speed of 40 km / h. Its carcass was found near Pengpanich’s body with blood stains around its mouth.
Doan Duong (According to Sun/Bangkok Post)
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