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Florida Teens Recount Terrifying Encounter With Flying Sturgeon; 'They Have This Goo Or Slime'

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ORLANDO, Florida -- Three Florida teens have quite a tale to tell after some flying fish injured them while on a trip to North Florida.

"We all started crying and screaming and stuff," Allie Katrick said.

Pictures after the attack showed Katrick visibly shaken, with large cuts on her legs and those of her friend, Kori Snitker.

"It happened so fast. It just jumped out and hit the side of our legs, and we just started screaming," Kori said.

"I remember it landing on me at first, and it was heavy," added Allie.

Katelyn Burroughs said the large amount of blood made her wonder if Allie had lost a finger.

Burroughs was vacationing with Snitker, Katrick and their families on the Suwannee River, where officers with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are warning that it could be the worst year on record for sturgeon strikes.

So far officers have documented five injuries.

The giant spawning fish can weigh as much as 200 pounds.

Allie Katrick said they smell really bad.

"They have this goo or slime on the fish, and it was all over my fingers, and it looked like it was chopped off," Allie said.

One woman was knocked unconscious when she was struck by the sturgeon in one of the five documented cases.

The girls said they aren't going to be next.

"It was very scary what happened to me. I'm never going back," Katelyn added.

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Reader Comments

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Isn't it going a bit far calling this an attack? More like hit by fish that jumped out of the water
   comment# 1   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska , Texas · Jul 17, 2007 @ 9:20pm

Wow, glad our fish do not fly it is bad here with crocs and sharks and stingrays and stone fish and blue ring octopus.
   comment# 2   - JJ · Australia · Jul 19, 2007 @ 5:11pm

A recommendable story. The point of view of three almost adult American girls in what they see as hardly less than an attack of alien perpetrators is very well put down.
   comment# 3   - msc · NL · Jul 24, 2007 @ 1:30pm

Blame it on Global Warming.
   comment# 4   - David · Macungie, PA USA · Aug 1, 2007 @ 2:00pm

ya don't you think its kinda over reacting a bit to call it a fish attack because it sounds like it really was just they were in the wrong place at the wrong time to me.
   comment# 5   - robert · Kansas · Jun 26, 2008 @ 11:58am

hahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahaha...... I got thrown out of a truck going 45mph, and landed on the pavement... instead of getting cuts on my leg, I had lacerations all over my body... you people need to grow up, seriously! AN ATTACK by a flying fish... It wasn't an attack... the fish is a fish and since it's a flying fish, I'm sure it was just going through its normal routine of JUMPING OUT OF THE WATER!!
   comment# 6   - Durka · Atl · Aug 11, 2008 @ 3:47pm

that fish didn't attack them they attacked it.
   comment# 7   - bubba · Rush City,MN · Oct 27, 2008 @ 11:07am

These fish have become notoriously famous for this. Their in the Suwannee River which is very close to the Florida everglades. There was a documentary on the fish a few weeks ago on discovery. These fish are aggitated by the roaring of motor boats. In this documentary they were fine as long as the boat was slowly moving but when the engine reved they started jumping and potentially causing hazards to any boating enthusiast. Not only is this very dangerous but it has also been said that they are eco-terrorist. There's only one stretch of land between the Suwannee River and the Florida Everglades and scientist believe that if they ever start populating that area the everglades will quickly disappear due to their ability to reproduce at an extremely excessive rate. So yes these fish may not be "attacking" people but they do indeed pose a major threat to humans and other wild life
   comment# 8   - Justin · Alabama · Jun 8, 2010 @ 3:39am

Ok the Suwannee river is nowhere even remotely close to the everglades, straight shot its a 5-6 hour drive.
   comment# 9   - Mike · Destin · Oct 11, 2010 @ 10:05am

I'm from Suwannee County, and these fish are very dangerous. Laugh all you want, but it's true.
   comment# 10   - Arielynn · Live Oak, Fl · May 8, 2011 @ 2:42pm

I've camped,fished,& swimmed on the suwannee river my whole life and it doesn't matter if boats are roaring by or not they still jump out of the water, at the evening times its real bad when there are harley in boats on the water if any and they jump all night. best thing to do is ride slow and also in shallower waters they like the deeper waters.
   comment# 11   - Nicholas · Alachua, Florida · Jun 9, 2012 @ 12:04pm

Sturgeon do not jump at people on purpose. They are harmless fish but when they are spanning they can jump. The slim is for their protection they have no inner bones, there bones are on the outside to protect them from preditor because they have no teeth. These bones on there skin are in rows and can be sharp. These people where in the wrong place at the wrong time because they come in shallow water to spawn in spring and the leave. All you have to do is avoid them. I am from Norther California and have fished Sturgeon all my life, I also fish them in Minnesota.
   comment# 12   - Cali · Bay · Feb 1, 2013 @ 9:08am
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