A Florida teen is lucky to be alive after a close encounter with a barracuda.
Parker King, 13, was fishing offshore with his dad last Sunday when a barracuda jumped out of the water and bit him.
The dangerous encounter left King with deep lacerations to his upper chest and right arm.
Barracudas are super aggressive fish with razor sharp teeth. They can use bursts of speed and power to breach the water. A flying barracuda is nothing but trouble. King learned that first hand.
The barracuda collided directly with King and ripped into his flesh. The situation was dire. King bled out all over his father’s boat. To make matters worse, they were more than 20 miles offshore, with no phone reception.
So, with the barracuda still in the boat, King’s father wrapped his sons wounds with a towel, turned the boat around, and hightailed it back to shore.
“It’s still flopping in the back of the boat and I started going, just heading, I mean, it was not a fun ride,” King’s father told local news station WKMG. “It was a bouncy ride and I really didn’t care. I didn’t care if parts were flying off the boat, I just wanted to get him in.”
King is currently recovering in the hospital. He received 27 staples and 17 stitches.
King and his father have a newfound respect for barracuda.
“The fish won on that one,” King’s dad said. “He got us, he got Parker. He was a champ, I mean, he was a champ.”
Have you ever had a dangerous barracuda encounter?