5-Year-Old Girl Killed, Family Injured After Massive Sturgeon Attacks Boat
While sharks are making headlines for their recent attacks, experts say the sturgeon should also be feared this time of year.
In a 911 call, a person is heard saying, “I need an ambulance. There's been a big hit by a sturgeon! Oh my God, this is bad!”
The 911 operator said, “How many of them are hurt?”
The caller replied, “Three. The five-year-old, and the woman is the worst. Please hurry!”
The desperate 911 call came too late to save the life of five-year-old Jaylon Rippy, who was with her family on the Suwannee River in Florida when their boat was struck by a 200-pound-sturgeon. Her mother and nine-year-old brother were also injured.
This time of year, thousands of sturgeon come into fresh water rivers from the Gulf of Mexico to spawn - and they leap out of the water without warning because of lower water levels.
One actually jumped clear over a family's boat - narrowly missing a child.
Unlike sharks - who are natural predators and attack their prey, sturgeon aren't aggressive. Strikes are simply accidental collisions.
But sturgeon can grow to 11 feet and weigh over 1,000 pounds, so a strike is like being hit by a truck.
The nation is fixated on sharks - especially great whites. Discovery Channel's Shark Week is battling National Geographic's SharkFest for the biggest bite of the TV audience.
But the sturgeon may challenge the shark as the number-one fish to be feared.
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