Jumping fish injures Florida kayaker

Initially, reports identified a barracuda as the species responsible for a Florida kayaker's injuries. However, the injuries were later determined to be inconsistent with a barracuda attack.

Multiple media outlets are reporting that a Florida woman was injured while kayaking over the weekend when a fish jumped out of the water and struck her in the upper-torso area. Initial reports stated that Karri Larson was kayaking with a friend near Big Pine Key when a barracuda jumped out of the water and bit her in the chest. However, multiple marine wildlife scientists have since claimed that Larson’s injuries are inconsistent with a barracuda attack. Larson suffered a punctured lung and possibly broken ribs as the result of a puncture wound caused by the jumping fish, which is now listed as an unidentified species.

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