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article imageTeen Attacked By Flying Asian Carp

By Debra Myers     Sep 8, 2008 in Environment
On the line of those big fish tales comes along a news story about a teen whose jaw got broken when a fish flew out of the water and hit him in the face. The Silver Asian Carp didn't fare so well; it pretty much exploded on impact.
Little Rock, AR - The 15-year old teen, Seth Russell, doesn't remember too much about what happened. One minute he's tubing and the next he's been knocked unconscious by a Silver Asian carp. The fish flew out of the water, hitting Seth in the face and rendering him unconscious and covering him in entrails and blood.
Oral surgery has been done to wire several of Seth's teeth in place and he is recovering. However, he still suffers with back pain, likely to have been caused by whiplash from the high-speed collision.
Lake Chicot is located in southern Arkansas and water lovers say that this is not anything new. There's been complaints of being smacked around by so-called "flying" fish which in some cases has resulted in injuries.
In the 1970s, Silver Asian carp were imported to the US to control algae growth in aquaculture and municipal waste water treatment facilities. Due to flooding in the 1980s, the carp escaped and have since invaded small rivers and worked their way into the Mississippi River. Today, these fish have found their way upriver and are now threatening to enter Lake Michigan and the other Great Lakes.
Silver Asian carp are also called "flying" fish. When they are startled, they fly out of the water, jumping 10 feet (3 m) into the air and can weigh as much as 40 pounds (18 kg).
I wish this youngster well, because it's not everyday that one gets hit by a flying fish.
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