Revenge of the Zoa

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  1. jrwdive

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    I went down to Isipingo last Monday with my kids as the water was not so good for deeper diving. Caught a couple of Convict tangs and then decided to collect a few Zoas to see how they would do in the tank.

    I should have kept my diving mask on. The second batch squirted directly into my eye. Even though I immediately rinsed it in a rock pool, I have spent a week feeling like I had blinked over a pinch of ground glass. School fees I suppose.
     
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  3. riyadhessa

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    Geez...hope you okay...
     
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    ouch dude hope you will be fine
     
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    Get checked out, these creatures contain deadly Toxins
     
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    Best advice given!!
     
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    sorry to here man hope you feel better soon;)
     
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    Like War says, seek some medical advise! Zoas contain Polytoxins
     
  9. jrwdive

    jrwdive Thread Starter

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    It's fine now, thanks. Didn't affect my vision, but the eye was red and inflamed.

    I think the rock at Isipingo is not right for collecting Zoas - sandstone is too rough and bumpy. I got squirted because I damaged them when getting them off. Next time I am going to go to a place where the rock is basement Granite or similar. It gets polished smooth by the waves and it should be easier to peel them off. Scottburgh, Park Rynie or Umtwalume should be good.
     
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    well atleast youve learned a lesson, careful next time bud
     
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    Hi JWRDive - Try the rocks down at Oslo Beach (just on the southern side of Port Shepstone. There are some REALLY awesome zoa's there, and these are mostly relatively easy to remove.
    Also - I found using a "putty knife" at first, and then your fingers - best to remove them.
     
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    Thanks for that. I'll be down at St Michaels next month, so I will give it a try.
     
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