Teen left battling for life after he was “stabbed” by a needlefish in the neck

A big part of the world’s population depends on fishing as a livelihood mainly because 70% of the Earth is composed of water and there is an abundance of living and non-living things that the oceans can provide.

This Indonesian teenager is one of the many people whose livelihood depends on fishing. But, one of his supposedly ordinary day with the ocean waves turned out to be one of the most unforgettable moments of his life. This was because he suffered from a life and death situation.

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According to Daily Mail, the poor boy named Muhammad Idul was fishing with his parents in Buton waters off the South East Sulawesi province in Indonesia one fine morning when a needlefish jumped out of the water.

Idul did not expect that the fish would launch its mouth to him. 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 a hospital for treatment, before undergoing risky surgery to remove the fish from his neck two days later.

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But, what is a needlefish and how dangerous can they get? Apparently, according to About Animals, the name needlefish is given as the elongated mouth resembles a needle. A needlefish has a perfectly streamlined body, which allows the fish to achieve high swimming velocities. They can have a lifespan of up to 8 years and some species are capable of growing more than 1 meter in length. It is neither one of the largest fishes in the ocean nor the fiercest, but the needlefish have claimed human lives over the course of time.

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As for Idul’s case, he was lucky that he was immediately brought to the hospital. If not, he could have lost his life in that situation. Even during the operation, his life was still at risk as there are many delicate nerves in the neck and the doctors had to very carefully remove the fish so that he can live.

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Now, Idul is recovering from his operation and is hoping that he can come back to fishing after his discharge.