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Attacked by a Titan Triggerfish fish in Koh Tao

Started topic the: March 03, 2011, 16:56
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March 03, 2011, 16:56 Viewed 36289 times Charly said:
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An Internet user informs us on facebook she was attacked by a fish Titan in Koh Tao while she was snorkeling (swimming on the surface with fins, mask and snorkel) and asks us to talk. Thing I will do here, because even if I do not know its history in particular, I know the story

One of the first thing we learn when we learn to scuba dive is to be suspicious of anything you do not know under water. As no training is necessary to snorkel, I'll try to make a quick topo

The golden rule is likely never to touch anything fauna or flora underwater (fish, coral ...). slug Do not attempt to interfere or interact with this environment you do not know. Always remain an observer. That said it's not enough for some fish you should keep a safe distance and stay on your guard

It notament the case with fish Titan Triggerfish. As the name suggests is a big fish, it can easily be the size of your forearm. The Titan Triggerfish is a territorial fish. This means that it has its territory (I do not know how he negotiated it with the other fish) and sometimes it will try to defend it. The dogs also have this behavior so I think you can easily understand the concept of territory

When you enter its territory, the Titan Triggerfish can sometimes become quite aggressive and even pass outright attack. It will not kill you up through a bite but it has a nice jaw you could tear a piece of skin or make you very ill

It is not unusual to see a Titan Triggerfish around Koh Tao it either snorkeling or diving. Let's say you could very well encounter a during your stay. No reason to panic either. We do not see everywhere, we do not see all the time, and are not always in "attack" either

If you see one, so you'll understand it's better to avoid trying to see it too closely. Also useful to go full speed, I've seen many times, I always kept my distance and I never had a problem. Let's say that we must remain wary. If you see it starts to turn around, you can begin to move away from its territory. If you attack, it will usually begin to address your fins by biting. In this case, not 50 solutions: it is necessary to exit from its territory (after all he was there before you ...). How in all situations where you are in danger, we must stay calm ... You will have to swim probably a few tens of meters. Try to keep it in your vision and keep the palms facing him (so you can give him a palm if he gets too close)

Below the photo of the Titan Triggerfish Easy to spot with its dorsal fin and ventral tight

Strangely, I have seen people confused with the Titan Triggerfish parrot fish. Under water colors can change and it is not always very well ... In any case they are not the same
I note that you meet with a lot of parrot fish in Koh Tao, so do not confuse them. The parrot fish is more sociable with the divers, it will not attack you

Below is the parrot fish, not to be confused with the Titan Triggerfish


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March 04, 2011, 13:51 arminalain said:
Hello. The Titan Triggerfish has a funnel-shaped area. In diving, if the fish is interested in you, get out of its territory down. Snorkeling, do the same if you have enough breath, walk away while descending


On oct 22. 2011 at 11:38 Matt said:
I confirm just do this attack each turn with my 2 friends on the KOH naang yang!
CA reffroidit not bad!

On 23 oct. 2011 at 03:55 filoutte said:
Hi, I does not confirm the history of the funnel. It is has a story tell students for good their do understand not back assault (s). I already passed several times to the top without ever attacking, I went several times at hand (same level as them 1 m above the sand) and the Flash attack. That one approaches them or not if they want to attack they will do. In addition to his it move very often and therefore have no fixed territory. They become very aggressive during reproduction.

PS: to be less contested should be that they stop d? be troubled by 250 every day divers and 10 videographers that they come do piss for a "super shot"

May 02, 2012 08:50 Cluster said:

After the session of today debrif is a Titan (filmed in HD) that crossed my road
a 30 metres to the beach of Shark Bay or elsewhere has been full of shark black and certain of a good tip
1.50 m see more

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May 02, 2012 at 2:14 pm Nemo Dive Club Island said:

Filoute! I give a ++++++++++++ your speech is more than respectable, it will be on FB I clickerai on I love pleasure


May 09, 2012 at 11:14 Anonymous said:
well d agreement with you Filoute! There are magnificent c is triggerfish must just not go look for it is!

PS: for those that its not very reassuring in their light green rock avoided and its trigger field!
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June 18, 2012 at 9:14 pm Anonymous on said:
In rêgle General on Koh tao, no need to look for to ensure that the trigger you are!
And Yes, factory diver disturbed the world underwater, and have lived as intruders throughout their lives, necessarily now they play cat and mouse!
Best advice, keep calm, move extremely slowly protecting with his Palm, fish is lasse always after a while. For the snorkel, this is more difficult, because we see them not necessarily happen right on se...

It is not pleasant, but should not be traumatized nor, it's not the teeth of the Sea still...
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June 19, 2012 at 06:28 Anonymous on said:
us months ago a passenger in the same boattrip we was attacking a light house, result: 8 points of suture has one foot.In collective boattrip, opportunity to defend himself with the fins step because it you inter said the fins.
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June 19, 2012 at 06:28 Charly said:

I split the discussion since it went in off topic.
So if you want to talk of "Palm and coral":go here.


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March 10, 2014, 15:57 borealis said:
I've seen full in the Maldives and none attacked me.
But I was told that they only attacked only in breeding season, to defend their eggs.


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On March 11, 2014 at 11:00 Michou said:
Small clarification: called in french this Ballista not Titan but brawler... We know why! ;)


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Jan 30. 2018 at 10:49 Nénette said:
On the edge of the island of Koh Chang, I touched something with my foot which hurt me. I'm out
immediately and I saw three black dots under three toes.
A Thai treated me this way: running white vinegar on my foot and tapping the butt of an empty beer bottle for 5 or 6 minutes, repeating the operation. She told me to wait for 10 minutes. In fact after one
half hour, blackheads disappeared! Strange no?

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