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Teen Recovers After Barracuda Shreds Arm, Chest

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Port Orange, Fla. (WOFL)-A teenage boy is recovering after a 5-foot barracuda apparently jumped into his father's boat and slashed his arm and chest.  The incident happened Sunday near Port Orange while 13-year-old Parker King was fishing with his dad, Irwin King.

They went 18 miles out to sea, and after a few hours of fishing, they saw the monster barracuda. It was King's idea to try and catch the barracuda.

"I was like, dad, lets try and catch it," he said.

Instead of reeling it all the way into the boat, the fish spit out the hook and dove at the boy like a torpedo.

"I didn't even see the fish, until I ran up to the front of the boat. My dad was too mad at it, he just threw it out," said King. 

The teen was left with a long, deep gash under his arm and across his chest. He says his arm looked like he'd been attacked by a bear.

"All I heard was, 'Watch out' So I threw my hands over my head, and all I remember is looking down. I was like, 'Oh my God!'"

King says the ride back to shore was a bloody mess.

"I was like, 'Okay, I'll be fine. I'll be fine.' But when it first happened, I was like, 'Dad, I'm gonna die!' It felt like a nightmare. It didn't feel real."

King was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center, where he underwent two surgeries to repair the damage. He's now sporting 27 staples and 17 stitches.

The teen is now home recovering after two nights in the hospital. His doctor says he can play baseball again in a few weeks, when his arm heals.

Florida Fish and Wildlife biologist Ed Matheson says barracudas have "nasty teeth" that can cause serious damage.

Parker says he won't stop fishing, but he'll never try to catch a barracuda again.

 

Some information taken from the Daytona Beach News-Journal

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