NANFA-- Re: lamprey attack

njz (
Fri, 20 Feb 2004 22:26:51 -0500

Hi Matt, that is a very interesting and unusual story. I will forward it to
our list server to see if anyone would have any comments that they would
like to share. Thanks for looking us up.

Nick Zarlinga

"If we ignore nature.....maybe it'll go away."

----- Original Message -----
From: "matt coburn" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2004 8:37 PM
Subject: lamprey attack

> Hi ,
> My name is Mat Coburn. I had done a google search this morning on 'Lamprey
> attacks on humans' and stumbled over some conversations about the subject
> linked to your site. Well the reason why I curious about this is that last
> night toward dusk my girlfriend and i went for our usual 2km swim on a
> friday evening off mornington pier, melbourne, Australia where she was
> attacked by one. We had swam down the beach to a yellow buoy parallel to
> beach away from the jetty, turned and came back to the jetty. On the
> leeward side of the jetty and breakwater, is a small harbour with several
> commercial and sailing boats moured. It was within the boundariy of the
> harbour where Crissy was attacked by a lamprey. She was swimming without a
> wetsuit and it had attached itself to her outer thigh.Crissy had felt
> something interfer with her freestyle kick as it finally attached itself
> her upper outer side of her leg. She immediately grabbed it and wrenched
> off her leg tossing it across the surface of the water.It wriggled in her
> hand . At this time i was getting out of the water and Id looked back at
> Crissy who was not far behind me. She was understandably upset and cryed
> from the shock of it as she got out at the boat ramp. There was a circular
> abrasion mark about the size of a twenty cent piece with blood leaking out
> of three parallel cuts within the circle of the abrasion. I am a qualified
> marine biologist and am amazed at what has happened. I never have heard
> lampreys would do this.I am keen to go back to the area of the harbour on
> scuba to see if i can locate one..There is a place 40 km away where i know
> lampreys move up the Bunyip River to breed amongst the course sand. You
> stand Barefoot on the sand in this sand and disturb them and catch one.
> local kids have shown me this. Years ago I'd caught three of them, and
> observed them in a fish tank. I had baited them with my arm but they were
> not interested. Well, its saturday morning 10.55am and Crissy is still
> sleeping it off! I will find a good camera to take a photo of the wound.
> email address is Please reply.
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