Fish jumps out of water and stabs woman in the groin

Stuart, Florida - A bloody incident off the coast of Florida proves sharks aren't the only dangerous sea predators to be wary of!

Sailfish can weigh up to 220 pounds and are said to be the fastest fish in the ocean (stock image).
Sailfish can weigh up to 220 pounds and are said to be the fastest fish in the ocean (stock image).  © 123RF/cicloco

Katherine Perkins of Maryland was on a fishing trip off the coast of Florida last week when she was suddenly attacked by a sailfish that leapt out of the water and onto her boat.

Two fellow fishermen aboard had the "fish on the line and were attempting to bring it aboard," according to a Martin county sheriff department report obtained by multiple news outlets.

Then, the animal "began to charge at the boat," the report continued.

Cat's wild antics while home alone leave owner in shock!
Cats Cat's wild antics while home alone leave owner in shock!

"The sailfish jumped out of the water and stabbed Katherine in the groin area while she was standing next to the center console."

The whole thing happened so quickly that Perkins had no time to react. The two men with her put pressure on the stab wound, and she was flown to HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital.

Sailfish are the fastest fish in the ocean

Sailfish are extremely nimble and said to be the fastest fish in the ocean, capable of swimming up to 68mph, according to studies. They can grow up to 11 feet and weigh as much as 220 pounds.

In addition to their distinctive spear-like upper jaw, sailfish are most recognizable by their namesake dorsal fin, which protrudes from the water when the animals swim near the surface.

Sailfish usually stay near the surface and use their bill to slash prey – as Katherine Perkins now knows from firsthand experience. She was reportedly still recovering in the hospital days later and was in good condition.

Cover photo: 123RF/cicloco

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