Flying Fish Crash Into Boaters
Once-endangered sturgeon weigh up to 200 lbs, can't be killed
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2007 5:37 AM CDT
A large sturgeon leaps from the water June 15, 2007 in front of an oncoming recreational water vehicle on the Suwannee River at Branford, Fla. These fish reach a length of 8 ft., weighing 200 lbs.,and...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Boaters on Florida’s Suwannee River have been knocked unconscious by "sturgeon strikes" as the muscular fish rocket through the air, the New York Times reports. The  collisions  have caused a broken pelvis, shattered leg and a slashed throat. The fish, which can weigh up to 200 pounds, have no teeth, only a mysterious compulsion to jump.

"The fish usually slaps people right across their face and upper chest," said one doctor. "Almost every one of them has been knocked unconscious." Gulf sturgeon, which date to prehistoric times, were declared a threatened species 15 years ago and are protected from fishing.
 

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