How would you like to be zipping along in a speedboat and get clobbered by an 8-foot, 200-pound fish that suddenly leaped head-high out of the water?
On Florida’s Suwanee River, it could happen. Gulf sturgeon migrate into the river this month, and during their spawning season they have a nasty habit of jumping. Any fish that size could easily cause serious injury; with sturgeons, the potential for harm is even greater because they have a line of rock-hard knobs known as “scutes” running down each side of their bodies.
Not surprisingly, Florida Fish and Wildlife officials are warning boaters to slow down and be on the lookout for leaping fish. In past years, boaters have been injured.
It’s easy to see why.