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(   This fish may look really funny, but if you laugh at it 200 of its friends will kill you   ( divider line
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33370 clicks; posted to Main » on 17 Jan 2003 at 7:30 AM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-01-17 01:18:25 AM  
Is that a severed human finger in your gills or are you just happy to see me?
2003-01-17 03:39:16 AM  
If there's one way I do not want to die, it's being nibbled to death by piranhas.
2003-01-17 07:35:22 AM  
the picture doesn't look like a pirahna(I admit ive only seen the fresh water variety) and kinda looks like a clownfish?
2003-01-17 07:38:16 AM  
They're just KIDS for GOD'S sake, don't get so excited about it. They'll grow out of it.
2003-01-17 07:38:19 AM  
Triggerfish. Travel in packs. Spraypaint reefs and huff barnacle remover when they're not beating up on clownfish.
2003-01-17 07:39:21 AM  
uh oh. this is why you buy reef-safe triggers for your tank. but a trigger killing a human?! they don't get *that* big. i can see one taking a finger or something, but not killing a person.
2003-01-17 07:40:18 AM  
tell that to his fish face Mattevil and then who will be the clown...
2003-01-17 07:43:24 AM  
tokenfemale - damn skippy. i've got a friend with an 8" huma trigger and he'll attack your hand if you put it against the glass.

*reads whole article*
AHH! A shoal of fish can kill a human. =)
2003-01-17 07:44:09 AM  
LOL this is a funny story, especially when you are sitting at a lounge in College waiting for a class to start at 7:40 in the morning.
2003-01-17 07:44:19 AM  

You are right if there is just ONE. But image several hundred attacking you at once. They don't have to be that big if there are that MANY.
2003-01-17 07:45:49 AM  
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The CEO version of the fish.
2003-01-17 07:47:03 AM  
Fish. Fishy. Fisheeeeooh.
2003-01-17 07:49:11 AM  
He'll catch that fish!
2003-01-17 07:50:18 AM  
01-17-03 07:43:24 AM Question_dj

i've got a friend with an 8" huma trigger

8 inch trigger eh? What's his phone number?

heh heh
2003-01-17 07:50:23 AM  
Triggerfish are good eating.
2003-01-17 07:50:25 AM  
Yeah, I had to read the whole article to realize that. I'm so used to dealing with single fish and fish tanks that I forget that you have shoals in the ocaen =)
2003-01-17 07:51:18 AM  
and can he teach me HTML?
2003-01-17 07:51:51 AM  
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2003-01-17 07:52:34 AM  
Gods I'm dumb.
2003-01-17 07:57:23 AM  
But does it taste good batter fried?
2003-01-17 08:02:18 AM  
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2003-01-17 08:02:18 AM  
brings back great memories of scuba-diving on the GBR. Of course that was before the pirhana got there...
2003-01-17 08:02:25 AM  
Well ... if it's inches you like
2003-01-17 08:03:57 AM  
*lookin' up that number now*

for all you know it's my number. *uNF*
2003-01-17 08:05:27 AM  
remove a plug of flesh with a single bite.....

so using them as a sexual aid would be a bad idea?
2003-01-17 08:07:36 AM  
Not unless you like that sorta thing
2003-01-17 08:14:36 AM  
Triggerfish are vicious mofos!

When I worked at a tropical fish store, we'd feed the fish, and the triggers were always the coolest. We'd give them feeder goldfish and frozen food, but they mostly liked the feeders.

While most fish would gulp down the feeders, the triggers had a different technique:
First, they'd look up and see the helpless little goldfish swimming around in the saltwater. Then the trigger would swim around under the goldfish, come up quickly, and rip out the belly of the goldfish.

At this point, the remainder of the goldfish (a head, a tail, and a spine) is swimming around as well as it can, but it's a little slower now. And the trigger comes around and munches up the rest.

After about half a minute, a dozen feeders + 2 triggers = 2 happy triggers and lots of scales floating around the tank.

And, no, you DON'T stick your finger in the tank during this process!
2003-01-17 08:30:15 AM  
It should be renamed the Tyson fish: it appears to be really camp but you wouldn't want to fight it.
2003-01-17 08:38:12 AM  
01-17-03 08:05:27 AM Dancingshoes
so using them as a sexual aid would be a bad idea?

Only if you like to eat pie afterwards.

2003-01-17 08:43:23 AM  
I've seen Queen trigger fish big as truck tires that would easily bite your hand off. Some are mean some are not. It really just depends on there enviorment. But i will say some of the ones i have kept in fishtanks where vicious( clown trigger), think it was the captivity thing tweaked them.What they dont talk about that will fark you up are those damn Mantis shrimp, they call them thumb spliters in lots of places , now you talk about mean as hell those things are evil.
2003-01-17 08:47:56 AM  
I was attacked by a small pack of juvinile Queen triggers while diving off Belize. They were hiding in the shade of a floating battery box and when I handed the 'garbage' to the boat captain, he smacked the box on the side of the boat and about 20 of these little black darts shot out of their protective cover and went straight for the only other cover available. Me.

They squirmed in between my BC and me, and once there and comfortable, started biting the crap out of me. I'm sure I looked funny stripping off all my gear in three seconds.

Me and the Cap had a good laugh about that one... May he rest his Belizian arse in peace.
2003-01-17 08:51:26 AM  
We just need Strongbad to use his "Special Jig"

Come on get is the boat, fish, come on get in the boat, fishy fishy"
2003-01-17 08:52:24 AM  
The fish are notorious for their aggression in other parts of the world where, when in numbers of 200 or 300, they have killed humans.


that happens in new yorks central park too... it was called wilding.
2003-01-17 08:58:10 AM  
"The issue is how they got here and why the Government isn't doing more to monitor this type of thing."

Would the Government not get a bit of stick if it started trying to monitor the movements of sea life?


2003-01-17 08:58:29 AM  
The ones around Florida are pretty passive,never heard of one biting a diver.

I caught a huge gray one trolling a ballyhoo once.
2003-01-17 08:58:55 AM  
Perhaps we could issue them all with identity cards?
2003-01-17 09:07:31 AM  
I got attacked by a school of Triggerfish while diving off the Seychelles. Lost two fingers, and spent three weeks in the hospital. Worst vacation of my life. I clearly remember thinking, as they bit me, that I am so screwed. Some people say that fish bites are painless. That's a load of crap. It hurt like nothing else I've ever experienced.

Wait, I'm sorry, I only read about an attack. My bad.
2003-01-17 09:18:18 AM  
Oh, Hey... Look at the pretty fi-aagggghhhh-ark!!!
2003-01-17 09:24:04 AM  
I agree with Kholdstayr, this is hysterical. :)
2003-01-17 09:24:11 AM  
Kewl, Hollywood, should crank a movie out about this in a year or so.
2003-01-17 09:30:55 AM  
2003-01-17 09:35:30 AM  
Holy jumping jesus!! These fish are like the frat boys of the fish world.
2003-01-17 09:48:48 AM  
So, is EVERYTHING in Autralia poisonous and/or deadly? You know, maybe God didn't intend for people to live there.
2003-01-17 09:52:54 AM  
"The issue is how they got here and why the Government isn't doing more to monitor this type of thing."

Seems to me, the goecernment monitoring worked just fine- they know the fish are there, don't they? Sheesh.

Fishy, fishy, fishy, fish. I wonder where my fishy ish...OW! Oh, there he is.
2003-01-17 09:53:46 AM  
What in the name of all that's good and holy is the goecernment? That's a doozy of a typo. I'm off for more coffee.
2003-01-17 09:54:09 AM  
Well yeah, I can see where the fish would be a little ticked off if you shot a spear through it.
2003-01-17 09:57:12 AM  
Vinegar: the Aborigines lived there for 40,000 years and survived pretty well. More harm has been caused there by the flora and fauna Europeans introduced into the ecosystem (the biggest example is the rabbit), so maybe "God" didn't intend for Europeans to live there.

Anyway, what's this?

'They are thought to have been dragged in by airpockets under the hull of a merchant ship.'

I didn't know air pockets built up under ships, or am I just a complete moron. Can someone explain?
2003-01-17 10:05:55 AM  
Maybe if they coated the bottoms of ships with this, these fish would go away:

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2003-01-17 10:18:31 AM  
Alive without breath;
as cold as death;
never thirsting, ever drinking;
clad in mail, never clinking.
Drowns on dry land,
thinks an island
is a mountain;
thinks a fountain
is a puff of air.
So sleek, so fair!
What a joy to meet!
We only wish
to catch a fish,
so juicy-sweet!
2003-01-17 10:22:23 AM  
To go with the riddle...

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