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December 26, 2006
Woman Injured By Leaping Dolphin
A dolphin seriously injured a 27 year old woman when it leapt out of the water and hit her while she was sitting in the bow of a boat. She is in serious condition but the dolphin was not hurt. Apparently he just didn't see the boat.
"I've never heard of a dolphin hitting someone on a boat. You can't even catch them on lures when you go gamefishing. They're too smart."
October 19, 2006
Stingray Stabs Man in Heart
After what happened to "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, this story is really unbelievable. James Bertakis, 81, of Lighthouse Point, Florida was in a boat with his granddaughters when a stingray flopped into the boat and stung him.
The barb pierced his lung and entered the left ventricle of his heart. Doctors have been able to remove it by pulling the barb through and have repaired the holes. Right now he's stable and his heart is functioning well.
Carl Luer, senior scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, who studies sharks and rays, said spotted eagle rays often jump completely out of the water, although no one is sure why. "It can be very dramatic," he said.
That is certainly an understatement.
August 10, 2006
Fish Gone Wild: Sturgeon Knocks Man Unconscious
There's some sort of ocean rebellion happening. First we had a blue marlin that speared a fisherman in the chest. Then a whale rammed into a sailboat and capsized it. Now a 4-foot-long sturgeon has jumped out of the water and hit a man, knocking him unconscious.
Blake Nicholas Fessenden, 23, was heading north on the Suwannee River Sunday just north of the Hart Springs Sand Bar when he was hit and fell off the craft, according to a statement from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Next we'll hear that a goldfish jumped out of its bowl and slapped someone in the face!
August 4, 2006
Blue Marlin Spears Fisherman Through Chest
A man taking part in an international fishing tournament in Bermuda ended up being caught himself when an 800 pound blue marlin leapt across the boat and speared him in the chest. The two then fell into the water and battled it out, with the man somehow managing to free himself from the marlin's spear.
Seriously wounded, his fishing companions helped him back onto the boat and did their best to stop the bleeding. Despite the fact that it took 40 minutes for the boat to reach land, he is now recovering in stable condition after emergency surgery.
'It was airborne going across the full width of the boat and Ian just happened to be in the way. All in one motion, the fish flew across the cockpit, impaled him with its bill and took him out of the boat ... 'He landed in the water about 15ft away and the marlin was on top of him."