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Have you ever been bitten by a sea creature while scuba diving?
Greg - 7/19/2013 4:22 PM
Category: Survey
Replies: 56

While underwater scuba diving, have you ever been bitten by some kind of sea creature (ie: fish, turtle, eel, shark, sea snake, etc.)? Do not include stings, cuts or other accidents from coral or other underwater items.

In the comments: name the animal(s) involved, location of bite (ie: hand, foot, ear), a possible reason for the bite, and what you did after getting bitten.
joeh9845 - 8/08/2019 8:30 PM
[Choose #1] Perch & I bit my dive buddy on the leg. Yum
MDW - 11/13/2014 7:15 AM
[Choose #1] My buddy bit me once or twice. Seriously, though, I did noodle a catfish once by accident.
USACMASDiver - 7/30/2014 1:38 PM
[Choose #1] I have even bumped into a young tiger shark, he came around this way, me around the other, and bam, but the only bite was from a clown flish. I got too close to his house back when I was a young diver..
Christian_Jones - 5/27/2014 4:37 PM
[Choose #1] An Octopus on a sidemount dive really hard to get off
DiveBuddyChgo - 10/27/2013 7:25 PM
[Choose #1] Ramora grabbed my finger and tried to swim away with my arm. No harm done. I put my hands behind me because of the Barracuda in front of me. Not seeing the Ramora I had to look to see if a finger was still there since I thought it was a Barracuda.
RescueDiver15205 - 10/10/2013 6:18 PM
[Choose #1] Trout, on the ear and finger at Gilboa Quarry.
Burcu - 9/26/2013 4:31 AM
[Choose #1] Clownfish... very territorial creatures :)
HadtoGo - 8/13/2013 7:36 PM
[Choose #1] #1 the voracious Canyon Lake perch. Night dive during a weekend camping trip w/o wetsuits. Like a dozen tweezers plucking leg hair. It was a harrowing experience. Have had more close encounters w/ bulls and blacktips while wade fishing then diving.
Underwaterjohn - 8/11/2013 6:16 PM
[Choose #1] A dive buddy was bitten by a green Morey eel. I think the eel was attracted by the shiny reef stick that my buddy was holding
J9dives - 8/09/2013 1:37 PM
[Choose #1] A calico bass on my very first dive. Didn’t think it was cold enough to wear gloves, learned my lesson.
Brian_V - 8/07/2013 8:38 PM
[Choose #1] An old and nasty green Morey Eel on a night dive! Around my ankle! But had 5mm boots and wetsuit, so I was lucky!
LoriA - 7/28/2013 8:55 AM
[Choose #1] Yes I was bitten by a remora on my finger. I was ascending after being stung while lionfish hunting. Talk about adding insult to injury!
JMorales - 7/27/2013 6:11 PM
[Choose #1] Does another diver count? Cause if so then yes.
uwlover4u - 7/23/2013 10:39 AM
[Choose #2] Cuts from coral or wrecks should be a different question.
mcrognale - 7/22/2013 8:51 PM
[Choose #1] technically it was a lake creature. some fish of some sort bit my ears when I forgot to put my hood on.
ScubaDiveTom - 7/22/2013 2:15 PM
[Choose #1] been bitten by damsel fish and nibbled by cleaner wrasses countless times :D so nothing serious . . .
Pixel - 7/22/2013 1:16 PM
[Choose #2] Have almost landed on one though. :/
Smithsgold - 7/22/2013 5:40 AM
[Choose #2] Nope !!!
Wipe-Out - 7/21/2013 4:18 PM
[Choose #2] I didn’t personally but my team leader in the Marine Corps was by a centipede during a beach insertion on the coast of Somalia. As son as we disembarked our Zodiak he was bitten, went into shock almost immediately.
mikey1077 - 7/21/2013 10:53 AM
[Choose #1] little black anenome fish mean little buggers
m_grieco - 7/21/2013 10:02 AM
[Choose #1] Got bit by a needlefish in Bonaire and bit by lots of anenomefish. Needlefish was on the neck, anemonefish was only on the hands while photographing them.
havoc - 7/21/2013 8:00 AM
[Choose #2] But I have seen it happen
diverray - 7/20/2013 8:48 PM
[Choose #1] Not me, but my snorkel. It had a silver tip, and sea lion pups must have thought it was a sardine. They kept biting it and tugging at it.
diverrick - 7/20/2013 7:23 PM
[Choose #1] Baracuda, night diving in Belize, 3 divers were bitten. One on the hand, one on the arm, and I was bitten on the abdomen. Suspect the reason was too many divers surrounding the fish and shining their lights. Only the hand bite required stiches.
peter2204 - 7/20/2013 3:25 PM
[Choose #2] no i try to treat them with the respect they deserve in their own territory
LatitudeAdjustment - 7/20/2013 11:24 AM
[Choose #1] A Triggerfish guarding it’s nest under BHB got a chunk of my cheek. Damsels have been nipping at me for decades and I’ve been pinched a few times by crabs and lob-stas, not those unarmed southern kind!
Stevendives - 7/20/2013 8:14 AM
[Choose #1] Bit by a moray eel while feeding stingrays. Put my hand down by some rocks to balance myself and it came out and it bit my finger.
drunningdog - 7/20/2013 5:18 AM
[Choose #2] No but I have had a moray ell crawl under my butt while I was sitting on a rock watching Manta Rays. I even have a video of it.
RichKeller - 7/20/2013 4:09 AM
[Choose #1] I have been bitten a few times. Nothing down there is afraid of you. I once had a half inch long fish trying to bite me because my leg was too close to its hole in the mud.
Rich-D-Fish - 7/19/2013 9:34 PM
[Choose #1] Garibaldi in California are very aggressive when protecting their nests. Their bite is just enough to get your attention. Plus the local sea lions do like to nip at fins and hood/mask/snorkels.
sharonnaa - 7/19/2013 6:18 PM
[Choose #2] No but I once tried to pet a snapping turtle’s nose and he bit my finger.
fasjr - 7/19/2013 5:47 PM
[Choose #1] Yes bitten on the ear and got blood
Eric_R - 7/19/2013 5:44 PM
[Choose #2] Not bitten but I had a 10lb Dog Fish hit me square in the chest after I accidently scared it out from it’s hidding place during a night dive. Do wetsuits have lumps?LOL
dirtguy49 - 7/19/2013 5:16 PM
[Choose #1] Trigger fish hit me several times on the fin. The teeth marks are still there 11 years later.
John_giu - 7/19/2013 5:05 PM
[Choose #1] Every newbie has been christened by fire corral.
tkcj - 7/19/2013 5:00 PM
[Choose #2] No but ... I let a perch nibble in my glove finger today at CSSP. I pulled my finger out first just in case he got carried away. He didn’t like the taste obviously and left of his own volitition
LivermonAndOnions - 7/19/2013 4:48 PM
[Choose #1] Hahahaaa, those perch in Lake Travis got me too!
seawolfdiving - 7/19/2013 4:46 PM
[Choose #1] Sea Slug. It slimed me.....:(
SCUBASMITTY - 7/19/2013 4:40 PM
[Choose #1] sea cucumber, STILL not over it ! - it bit me on the keester,(I think ,, it was aliberal) I soooooothed my wound with a little garlic oil & apple cider vinigar. SALADS-don’t dodge ’em !!!!
Greg - 7/19/2013 4:33 PM
[Choose #1] Small perch in Lake Travis, TX bit me on the ear. I was feeding the fish some hot dogs, guess it got confused. I just swatted at it to scare it away.