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Old 07 August 2006, 13:12   #11
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Just got off a dive boat in SoCal. On the first night dive, a buddy and I were hanging on the anchor line waiting for a third diver (for about 10 minutes, it turns out.) My buddy got whacked in the mouth (cut upper and lower lips, decent bruising, hurt ego from everyone else laughing...) by a flying fish who was trying to escape a sea lion. Note: if fleeing from a predator, knocking yourself out on a nearby object is generally not going to help.

The next night, I scared up a lobster which fled my vicinity, and headed for my buddy, 30 feet or so away. (I followed the lobster as it went over a little sand dune about 25 feet away, then all of a sudden, Steve's light waved wildly...) Nailed him in the chest, he said. I almost drowned, I was laughing so hard.


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Old 07 August 2006, 13:32   #12
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I have also been hit in the mouth by a flying fish in mid Atlantic. it hurts really bad. This tends to happen at night when they are attracted to the phoshoresesce(sp) from the boats wake. have had as many as a dozen in the cockpit by morning. Wish you could eat the buggers but they are all bone. Guess that is why they hurt so much.

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Old 08 August 2006, 11:02   #13
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Flying fish in the face is not nice

I got on in the eye ....... and boy that hurt ....... and I got a big one in the side of the head which left me dased for 10 or 15 minutes ....... and the slime of them acutaly reacted to my shin and I was left with a nice rash !!!

BTW mid alantic ............

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