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Barracuda snags fisherman

Sept. 20, 2011 at 12:06 PM   |   Comments

NAPLES, Fla., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- A Florida fisherman required surgery after his arm was snagged by a 4-foot barracuda that jumped over his boat, a report said.

John Zeliff, 24, of Naples said he was fishing in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday morning when his fishing partner hooked a barracuda that then jumped out of the water and over the boat -- knocking Zeliff over and cutting through tendons on the top of his left forearm, the Naples Daily News reported Tuesday.

George Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the University of Florida, said a barracuda's razor-sharp teeth can cause serious injury.

"It's more like a buzz saw," Burgess told the newspaper. "(Even if the fish isn't moving), all you have to do is touch those teeth and you're going to get cut."

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