A moral eel is a fish species with an elongated, snake-like form that can deliver a serious laceration or loss of a finger or toe. It is not aggressive but might attack if it feels threatened.
What are the symptoms?
The indications of a moral eel bite can range from minor or severe which generally includes:
- Local cuts and laceration, typically on the arms or legs
- Significant pain
- Several bite marks or row of teeth marks might be evident
- Puncture wounds with significant bleeding
- Swelling or inflammation of the site
- Brief loss of function in the affected limb
- Loss of a toe or finger
Management of a moral eel bite
If an individual sustained a moral eel bite, it is best to call for emergency assistance. While waiting for the emergency team to arrive, the following must be done:
- Transfer the individual away from the water and note down the time the incident occurred.
- If bleeding is present, apply pressure to control the flow of blood.
- Do not provide the individual anything orally or any medications.
In most cases, an individual who sustained a moral eel bite has a good outcome if proper treatment has been started right away.
- Do not attempt to touch or handle marine animals.
- Safety precautions must be observed by wearing gloves or a protective suit while diving.
- Do not reach into dark crevices, holes or rocky nooks since moray eels are known to hide in these areas.
More Information / Disclaimer
The information posted on this page on a moray eel bite is for learning purposes only. Learn to properly manage this injury by taking a standard first aid course with Kelowna First Aid.