Puffer Fish

07 Apr

Puffer Fish

A five-year old boy almost lost a toe after being mauled by a rare puffer fish at a Thursday Island beach.

Tom Horn, from the Torres Strait, had to be operated on after large chunks of flesh were bitten out of his feet during the attack two months ago, reports.

Tom’s father, Senior Sergeant Jamie Horn, said his son received “unbelievable wounds” requiring 30 stitches and had to stay in hospital for two weeks.

“The ball of his left big toe was missing and a chunk of flesh was missing out of his right heel,” Senior Sergeant Horn said.

A ferocious puffer fish (feroxodon multistriatus) was believed to be responsible.

The attack was so rare that doctors at the Cairns Base Hospital, where Tom was treated, plan to write a report about the incident for a medical journal.

The odd-looking fish has been described as a combination of a tadpole and a great white shark and has been known to take off people’s toes in the past.


Posted by on April 7, 2012 in Uncategorized


30 responses to “Puffer Fish

  1. Sue Dreamwalker

    April 15, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I feel sorry for the young lad… While Australia is the land that Dreams are made of Emu, I now remember why it also has its nightmares… You have the most awesome of Wildlife LOL.. The snakes, Sharks, crocs, black widow spiders, Bird eating spiders, Now toe eating fish!.. Any more nasties I missed out on ? Oh Yes…..Those other critters…. Humans..They seem to be in a league of their own ALL over the world.. and are renowned for their aggressive behaviours!!!
    Good-day to you my Aussie Friend… Glad to be in England…. 🙂

    • The Emu

      April 15, 2012 at 7:46 am

      All Aussie creatures and animals are great , all different and some nasty but we have developed a working relationship with them
      Your right , its the bloody idiot moronic humans that seem to think they were here first,cheers Sue and a big Aussie Hug

  2. catcherofstars

    April 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    All the cool things live in Australia!!
    Andrea xxx

    • The Emu

      April 14, 2012 at 11:07 am

      Hi my lovely friend Andrea lovely to hear from you , hope you are well and happy in life
      Not all things that live in Aussie are cool but we get used to them and live together
      How is the world over your way , hope the weather is to your liking, here we are going into winter
      Electric blanket time.
      Cheers Princess
      Aussie Emu aka Ian

  3. Renee Espriu

    April 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Every time I visit I am sure to learn something new. I had no idea that this odd fish was that aggressive. Sounds like the lad got away in time.

    • The Emu

      April 13, 2012 at 4:14 am

      Hi Renee , lovely to hear from you, thanks for reading and commenting
      Hope life is treating you well and you are in good health
      Some fish in our waters can be very aggressive but usually we adapt to them
      Wishing you much happiness and a great weekend
      Emu aka Ian

  4. claudia

    April 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    oh heck…we don’t have such fishes over here..

    • The Emu

      April 12, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      Hi Claudia, we have many varieties of beautiful fish here because of our great barrier reef
      but a few are quite dangerous so you have to be very careful when swimming
      Hope you are well and wishing you a great weekend
      Emu aka Ian

  5. Colline

    April 10, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I was introduced to this fish in Finding Nemo – when I see pictures of them now I always think of the character in this film 🙂

    • The Emu

      April 10, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      You got me thinking Colline,I knew I had seen him before
      and it was in finding Nemo, lol
      Hope you had a great Easter
      Wishing you well

  6. Sabina Brave

    April 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    It looks funny and innocent. It’s difficult to believe, that so nice fish could become a dangerous monster, hm…

    • The Emu

      April 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      We have lots of lovely looking animals and fish here Sabina
      but some can turn a bit nasty if you get too close to them
      Hope your Easter went well and was enjoyable
      Wishing you well dear friend

  7. natswans

    April 10, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Ouch poor lad that is awful mind you they do look a bit iffy…That Video is good that music takes me back when the film first came out in the seventies. We all Que’d up for hours to watch the film, but where told there were no more seats after nearly reaching the entrance to the door. Our hearts sank and we all went off to the pub.
    Anyhow hope the little lad recovers , awful experience for him.
    Hugs Sheila

    • The Emu

      April 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      Hi Sheila, lovely to hear from you , hope Easter went well for you.
      Did you finally get to see the film after all these years ?
      The young guy is okay and will have a story to tell his grandkids, lol
      Wishing you well

      • natswans

        April 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm

        Yes Emu we did get to see it eventually , people quede up for many weeks to see it when it was first released … Great Movie
        Hope you day is good.
        Sheila 🙂

        • The Emu

          April 14, 2012 at 11:00 pm

          Good that you got to see it , Cant imagine anyone not seeing that movie

  8. Androgoth

    April 8, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Wow and he / she looks so innocent too, it just goes to show
    that when dealing with the wild nature of our Earth one can easily
    lose a toe, a foot or even be swallowed whole my a Great White 😦

    I hope that the only thing that you have
    been close to eating lately is Easter Eggs 🙂


    • The Emu

      April 9, 2012 at 2:14 am

      Cheers mate, yeah a few eggs over Easter
      Hope you had your share

      • Androgoth

        April 9, 2012 at 2:20 am

        Yes but I am a tad greedy and could just eat another one 🙂 lol Have a great day today Ian my wickedly fine Emu friend 🙂


  9. kate58

    April 8, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Don’t go in the water….. 😉

    • The Emu

      April 9, 2012 at 2:13 am

      We are usually aware of these little fellows but sometimes people forget , especially kids
      Our waters and oceans are pretty safe , just a few crocs , puffers , sea snakes and jellyfish
      Overall we get on well together

  10. giselzitrone

    April 7, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Der Arme kleine Junge waren bestimmt schlimme Schmerzen für ihn,sein Fuss wird für immer entstellt sein.Wünsche dir schöne Ostertage Grüsse Herzlich Gislinde.

    • The Emu

      April 8, 2012 at 2:11 am

      Seid gegrüßt liebe Gislinde, war der kleine Junge großes Glück, als die Verletzung hätte wesentlich schlimmer kommen können, zumindest er lebt und hat eine Geschichte zu erzählen
      Hoffen, dass Ihr Ostersonntag ist angenehm
      Wir wünschen Ihnen viel Glück

  11. cat.

    April 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Yikes, the puffy little guy is not as cute as he looks. Thankfully none of them will be rolling through the snow drifts here any time soon 🙂

    • The Emu

      April 8, 2012 at 2:03 am

      Your safe Cat, these little fellows dont like snow , just nice warm Australian oceans
      Keep smiling girl

  12. magsx2

    April 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Yes I read the article in the paper, so tragic for the little boy, but at least he didn’t lose any of his toes, you just have to be so very careful.

    • The Emu

      April 7, 2012 at 10:02 am

      A lot of people dont really know of a few of our underwater hazards
      I remember the stone fish in WA , he paralizes fast
      Hope your easter is going well

  13. prenin

    April 7, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Is there ANYWHERE in Australia where you don’t have to fear the local wildlife???

    WOW!!! 😮

    God Bless!


    • The Emu

      April 7, 2012 at 10:00 am

      Alls cool with our wildlife here mate, we are used to them
      Got troubles now with our indiginous cannibals now though
      they have taken a liking to muslim people and the govt finally figured out why
      it appears that they think that wearing the burqua is some sort of prepacked meat
      So now they are after fresh muslim meat not tainted by exposure to the sun
      So muslim meat will appear on the Aussie supermarket shelves soon
      Only think is to check the use day by date as the meat goes rotten quick


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