WFN’s Top Catches – Angler Loses Hand, Dolphin Attack, Fish Swims in Lung
Welcome to yet another installment of WFN’s Top Catches! The stories featured in this article may seem unbelievable, but take it from us: they’re all 100% true!
Give Him a Hand!
Recently, the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series held a tournament in Boca Grande, Florida that gave Wounded Warriors the opportunity to fish with the pros. It’s a great cause that always leads to great stories and memories for all those involved. For Jack Wiseman, however, it resulted in the loss (and, thankfully, eventual retrieval) of his hand. This sounds gruesome, but don’t worry – Wiseman has a prosthetic arm, and while he was fighting a tarpon, the hand snapped off and plunged into the ocean, along with his rod. Amazingly, the same tarpon was later caught by another angler, and both the hand and the rod were returned to Wiseman. This is definitely a fishing story that he’ll never forget!
Attacked by a….Dolphin??
Over the years, there have been many documented cases of people being attacked by sharks, killer whales, and even sea lions. But the last thing you’d expect to hear about is a dolphin attacking a human. Yet, that’s exactly what happened to a 19-year-old Louisiana man while he was leaning out of a boat to clean his hands in the waters near Lakeshore Estates in Slidell. He noticed a nearby dolphin, and before he knew it, the creature lunged forward and bit his hand. According to nurses at the hospital that the man went to for treatment, the dolphin had been responsible for two other similar attacks that same week.
Boy Inhales Fish, Fish LIVES
If you’ve watched the above video and can’t figure out what’s being shown, prepare to recoil in horror. While swimming in a river in central India, a 12-year-old boy somehow inhaled a 3.5 inch long fish. After he continued to experience shortness of breath, he was taken to the hospital, and doctors performed a bronchoscopy. That’s what you’re seeing in the above video, and what it shows is the fish inside the boys lung, STILL ALIVE. Doctors were forced to perform surgery in order to remove the fish, which eventually died.
Dead Squid Meets Shark
The giant squid is one of the ocean’s most mysterious creatures. Very little information is known about them, and it’s extremely rare to see one in the wild. So rare, in fact, that even when a dead one is found, it’s usually been dead for a long period of time. Recently, while fishing of the coast of New South Wales in Australia, Al McGlashan came across the corpse of a 13-foot long squid. Incredibly, the squid hadn’t lost any of its orange color, which leads to the hypothesis that it hadn’t been dead for very long. When McGlashin dove into the water to take some underwater footage of the dead beast, a blue shark suddenly appeared and began to consume the squid. As the camera rolls, the shark ignores McGlashin completely, and focuses solely on its meal. Yum, calamari!
7 Most Liked Facebook Posts of 2014Learn More »
7 Most Liked Facebook Posts of 2014
We count down the most liked Facebook posts from the past year.
Saving the Striped MarlinLearn More »
Saving the Striped Marlin
A team of conservationists and scientists are tagging the increasingly rare striped marlin to track their migration habits. Keeping them healthy helps maintain the ocean’s ecosystem.
Gear of the Week: MarCum PanCamLearn More »
Gear of the Week: MarCum PanCam
With the innovative new MarCum PanCam system, you can fish the hole at your feet and see a live feed on your smartphone from an underwater camera up to 300 feet away.