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Fortunately an experienced nurse was at hand, who was able to treat the wound and administer the required anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory drugs.
Several deaths and many dreadful injuries have been attributed to these fish - check the Wikipedia link here. When we shared this story with other cruisers, one young girl showed us an ugly scar on her leg where she was pierced by a Needlefish when swimming in Malaysia. These attacks are more common than we thought !
We've had them land on the deck of Crystal Blues, both day and night, and many times had them jumping around the dinghy. Now we'll be much more careful - dousing the lights when we see these guys around.