300-Pound Giant Spotted Eagle Ray Leaps Out Of Water Body Slamming Female Tourist In The Florida Keys… Strangest Animal Attraction Ever!!!
Jennifer and David Hausch are on vacation from Illinois in Florida with their family, and were sightseeing and photographing a group of eagle rays as they flew out of the water, from the deck of the boat,at the time.(Huffpo)
Kelly Klein of Two Chicks Charters, the captain of the boat Jennifer and her family were on, said that …”These eagle rays, they were flying through the air, these giant things go out of the water and slam back down.”(MSNBC)
“…Next thing I know, it hit me square in the chest. I fell backwards and fell down,” she said.(Source)
Just like most sea animals that find itself out of water, the 8 foot, 300 pound Giant Eagle ray, who also has a 10 foot long tail, thrashed and flopped about on her frantically trying to swim away, as if it was still in the water.(Source)
The danger from the animal is the fact that it has a long and lethal sharp barb, which is like a double-sided sharp knife, attached to its tail for defense. Many fans are left with the memory of ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin’s death on September 4, 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.(Wiki)
In 2008, a spotted eagle ray jumped out of the waters near Marco Island and broke a women’s neck that was on board, due to the impact of the collision with the giant sting ray.
The officers waited for the giant sting ray to wear itself out before tying a rope around it and pulling it into the water, where it swam away.(Source)
This was an unusual and potentially deadly encounter with what many think is a rare, a leaping fish, but according to Timothy J. Mullican, vice president of zoological operations at the Georgia Aquarium, “…many ocean animals do jump out of the water when either chasing prey or trying to elude a predator…”(Source)
No harm came to Jenny Hausch, her family, or the giant eagle ray, except of course, for some frayed nerves…