Scuba World

IN DEEP: Steer clear of creature contact

THOUSANDS of divers have got up close to many of the magnificent sea creatures that have made their home at the site of the ex-HMAS Brisbane.

Some of these creatures are considered dangerous.

To my knowledge, there hasn't been any serious accidents involving sea creatures on the dive wreck.

Moray eels can inflict a nasty bite with their razor sharp teeth.

Many sea snakes are extremely venomous.

The beautifully coloured butterfly cod is also a stinging fish.

The cone shell has a small "harpoon" that can penetrate the skin and cause envenomation.

Divers should avoid touching or provoking all sea creatures.

Practising good buoyancy control can help reduce contact with the animals.

Divers should wear appropriate protection such as a full-piece wetsuit and boots to minimise contact of the skin with marine life.


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