"Worst nightmare material right here."
Now, we’ve dealt with sharks, Great White, Tiger and Bull, here much. They are post-apocalyptic apex-predators. Man-eaters. Foot fetishists and very scary. Eating through us male surfers, us masculine wave dancers, one at a time. Oh, our fixation is as justified as it is warranted but…
…there are other terrors lurking in the deep.
Horrors that the surfing mind shies away from but if we are to be safe we must have eyes in the backs of our skulls for it is there a new menace is attacking.
The flying needlefish.
And let us travel across the warm seas to wave-rich paradise Indonesia for the very latest.
An Indonesian boy has required lifesaving surgery after being impaled in the neck by a flying needlefish.
Muhammad Idul was fishing with his parents in Buton waters off the South East Sulawesi province on Saturday when a needlefish jumped out of the water.
The fish’s long slender snout sliced straight through the 16-year-old’s neck and pierced the back of his skull.
The student was rushed to hospital for treatment, before undergoing risky surgery to remove the fish from his neck two days later.
Television show IFish described the graphic photos as ‘worst nightmare material right here,’ when they were shared on its Facebook page.
‘Amazing he survived,’ one person commented on the Facebook post.
Another added: ‘What a pain in the neck!’
Needlefish are distinguished by their long, slender jaw which bears multiple sharp teeth capable of inflicting deep wounds.
They are also adept jumpers renowned for leaping out of the water at up to 60 km/h.
Now, do you think the “pain in the neck” comment was completely necessary?
Are you the first to clap when a waitress or waiter drops a heavy load whilst clearing tables?
Also, no more surfing in Indonesia. Cancel boat trips etc. until it is learned whether these flying needlefish are terrorists or not.
More as the story develops.