Last Sunday, 13-year-old Parker King of Port Orange, Florida received 27 staples and 17 stitches to repair injuries caused by a hooked barracuda that leaped into the boat and cut deep into his arm and chest with its razor-like teeth.
According to the Daytona Beach News Journal, King and his father were taking advantage of the short snapper season and had already boated one fish a piece when his father noticed a five-foot long barracuda swimming past and decided to try to catch it.
“He set the hook and the barracuda swam around the motor, then all I heard was ‘watch out,’ ” the 13-year-old said. As he threw his hands up over his head, the fish “shot up and launched into the boat. It came up like a torpedo out of the water,” he said. “It nailed me.”
King’s father immediately wrapped his son’s wounds in towels and headed for shore where Parker’s mother was waiting in a vehicle to rush him to the hospital. But when they met, she wasn’t prepared for the scene on the boat.