Revenge of the Flying Carp

Rob Moritz of the Arkansas News Bureau reports on the growing problem of flying Silver Asian Carp in southeast Arkansas, which are attacking recreational boaters on Lake Chicot. Which sounds like it should be kind of funny, until you read Moritz’s lead:

Seth Russell will have a whopper of a fish story to tell some day, but right now the whole episode is still a blur to the Crossett teen who was knocked unconscious, suffered a broken jaw and was left covered with fish guts and blood.

The 15-year-old was on a church outing on Lake Chicot last month when he and two friends decided to get on a large inner tube being towed by the church pastor’s boat. As the three were being pulled across the lake, a large Silver Asian carp leaped from the water and struck Seth in the face.

“He doesn’t remember anything at all,” the boy’s mother, Linda Russell, said last week. “He was laughing and the next thing he remembers he is waking in a hospital.”

The teen has had oral surgery to wire several teeth together and appears to be on the road to recovery, although he still experiences back pain which doctors attribute to whiplash from the high-speed collision, his mother said.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to see Ricky Schroeder squaring off against these creatures in an upcoming Sci Fi original movie. Read the whole thing, in all its Nature Strikes Back glory.

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