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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Eagle Ray Kills Woman in Florida

Just in today: A woman of about 55 years of age was killed by a 75 pound spotted eagle ray when it vaulted out of the water and into the boat she was sunbathing on. It's not clear yet whether the ray's poisonous spine caused her death, whether it was from the actual collision, or whether it was from her falling and sustaining a fatal injury as a result of the encounter.

Eagle rays and other fish, including mako sharks, barracuda, and sailfish, are known to jump out of the water, and have been known to accidentally or inadvertently jump into boats. However, a death, caused in this manner, is considered extremely unusual.

Icthyology.

-seabgb

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