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Kamikazi Carp Attacks Boy

In what can only be described as a major slap in the face for humans, a kamikaze carp has attacked a 15 year old Arkansas boy.  The fish jumped out of the water, flinging itself into the face of the boy.  Several outlets, including the AP,  covered the story:

The impact was so great that it killed the Silver Asian Carp and sent Seth Russell to the hospital with a broken jaw, loose teeth, and whiplash. According to Seth’s mother, he doesn’t remember a thing; he was knocked unconscious in the mishap. Carole Engle, the director of aquaculture at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff states that, in the past year, she has received multiple calls of jumping Silver Asian Carp causing injuries on Lake Chicot.

There’s more to the story, too.  The Silver Asian Carp species invaded American waterways in the 1970’s, and their population has steadily increased.  It makes sense that the animals would deploy a powerful jumping fish to other parts of the world, (and powerful is right — when was the last time you jumped into something so hard that you died?) But it seems a bit early for kamikaze attacks.

For a dramatic and exciting video about the story of the Asian Carp invasion, check out this video:

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September 10, 2008 Posted by | Attacks | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments