Seal's shark bite healed with honey


16 Responses to “Seal's shark bite healed with honey”

  1. Tweeker says:

    Chinese honey may have extra antibiotic properties.

  2. IPFREELY says:


  3. jimbuck says:

    When I saw the headline sans photo I thought “Wow – Seal got bitten by a shark? And who thought to treat it with honey?”

  4. bardfinn says:

    Note of Caution: Unpasteurised honey (and even pasteurised honey) can contain fungal spores and bacterial cysts (Clostridium Botulinum), so if you are going to do this kind of thing (BUT I AM NOT A DOCTOR NOT YOUR DOCTOR AND THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE) please consider not using it on immuno-compromised individuals or infants under two years of age, and please consider it wise to ensure that bleeding is staunched before applying honey. Though it will bind with water to make it unavailable to germs, it might introduce a germ to the bloodstream, which could be carried away, and find a nice environment someplace else in the body.

    The same physio-chemical operation that makes honey antibiotic also makes peat a great preserver of meat in the short term (a sugar in the peat prevents bacterial and mold growth on, for example, salmon, making grav lax — which is why grav lax is made today with salt and sugar more often than peat. Damn. Hungry now.)

  5. Modusoperandi says:

    Meh. Still tastes like seal.

  6. Anonymous says:

    In related news, reports of bears attacking seals and sea lions are up 5000% this year at Point Reyes National Shore, California. Film at 11.

  7. John Markos O'Neill says:

    For a minute there, I was worried that Seal had been bitten by a shark.

    Is honey’s effectiveness diminished by the temptation to lick the wound?

  8. Brainspore says:

    Unfortunately when used as a treatment for bear bites it often makes the condition worse.

  9. Anonymous says:

    honey is actually used as a healing/cure in islam:

    • Skep says:

      “honey is actually used as a healing/cure in islam:

      And honey is also used to turn human corpses into “mellified” tasty confections!

      Paraphrased via Mary Roach’s book Stiff, chapter 10 “Eat Me”:

      In Arabia, old men willing to give their bodies to others eat and bathe only in honey. When they die, they are placed in a honey filled coffin for 100 years, creating a medicine for the treatment of broken and wounded limbs, or internally for other complaints–a medicine which probably works, via a remarkable coincidence, just as well or as poorly as, er, regular honey.

      • wheezer says:

        From the wik ( ):

        “…mentioned only in Chinese sources, most significantly the Bencao Gangmu of the 16th-century Chinese pharmacologist Li Shizhen. Relying on a second-hand account, Li reports a story that some elderly men in Arabia, nearing the end of their lives, would submit themselves to a process of mummification in honey to create a healing confection.”

        In other words, this story has never been verified, and originally came to light in a rather round-about way…

  10. Antinous / Moderator says:

    If you liked this, you’ll love the milk and molasses enema.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Once when I was installing a sub-floor, a clip of 1 3/8″ crown staples started to slip out of my off-hand when I was using the pneumatic gun. Without thinking, I mistakenly tightened the grasp of my thumb on the bundle of clips in my left hand. The clip sliced through the pad of my thumb, save for a bit of skin that was still attached.

    Since I was on the job site and it was located in a pretty rural setting, rushing off for quick stitches before returning to the job wasn’t an option. So, I went out to my stepvan and scavenged for something to not only stop the bleeding but also to allow me to finish my work before I could get it taken care.

    I knew the benefits of honey (and onion, too, for that matter) because my uncle is a beekeeper but I only had ever tried it when I removed a splinter/sliver after handling luan or skinned a knee/elbow. I had some raw local honey courteous of my uncle, some run-of-the-mill paper towels and duck tape in my van. I went to work and started to clean the cut with an unopened bottle of water.

    As I rinsed it, I held the pad part of my thumb in place with my ring finger. I used my pocketknife to flip the skin up, filled it with honey and flipped it back down. I continued to apply pressure. After only a few minutes, I wrapped paper towels around my thumb and then taped it all down good with duck tape. I was back working within 20 minutes, maybe closer to a half hour, or so.

    It was mostly healed in a week. It was completely sealed shut and no longer tender after two and half weeks.

  12. Beth says:

    I’m new to the bay area and had no idea this existed. Thanks Boing Boing, I can’t wait to become a member!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Too bad all the bees are dying.

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