What are Coral Cuts?
Coral cuts and stings are the most common injuries for divers and snorkelers. As we are located in the Andaman sea our dive sites are rich with coral, which could pose a threat to divers who don't behave appropriately and wear the correct gear.
When do they happen?
When not wearing appropriate diving gear like a full body wetsuit, it's likely to get coral cuts when not careful. These cuts are easily infected as foreign materials from the coral surface may invade the wound causing inflammation. This could result in an itchy rash or a papule. Cuts and scrapes from sharp-edged coral and barnacles may even take weeks or even months to heal
How do they happen?
Coral stings usually occur due to divers touching unknown corals which may have cells of nematocysts or smaller organisms on them. One coral, in particular, is the fire coral, which can cause burning skin reactions when touched. That is why it's important to keep in mind to observe your surroundings when underwater and not to touch any marine life. Not only could they cause us harm but divers touching corals can lead to them suffering and cause them to slowly die. We are guests in their habitat!
What to do if you get stung?
If by chance you get injured by a coral cut, it's important to clean it with soap and water when back on the boat. Applying antiseptic ointment and flushing the wound with a half-strength solution of hydrogen peroxide in water will help calm down the inflammation. All of our Sea Bees dive boats are equipped with first aid kits containing correct treatment if injuries do occur, our staff on board is also trained for such incidents. If more serious symptoms arise such as extreme swelling around the wound, swollen lymph glands, fever, chills, or fatigue, please go visit a physician.