Tuesday, September 9, 2008


If you know me, you know that one of my favourite sayings is "Well, it's better than a slap in the head with a wet fish."

So, imagine my gobsmackedness when I read this news piece:


Fish flies out of lake, breaks Arkansas teen's jaw
By The Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - It's a fishing tale that packs a wallop so strong it broke the jaw of a southeastern Arkansas teen and covered him in fish blood and guts.

Seth Russell, 15, of Crossett, was cruising Lake Chicot on a large inner tube towed by a boat when a Silver Asian carp leaped from the water and smacked him in the face.

Seth was knocked unconscious.

The teen had oral surgery to wire several teeth together and has back pain doctors attribute to whiplash from the high-speed collision.

He's not the only one who's had a run-in with the "flying" Silver Asian carp.

Carole Engle, director of aquaculture and the fisheries centre at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, says the fish do not fly but they are good jumpers and over the last year, she has had some calls about them causing injuries on Lake Chicot.

"Their jumping behaviour is a problem and their population appears to be growing there," Engle said.

Silver Asian carp were first imported to the United States in the 1970s. Catfish farmers brought them in to remove algae and other suspended matter from their ponds. The Environmental Protection Agency started a program allowing cities to use the fish to help clean the water in sewer-treatment plant ponds.

Seth's mother, Linda Russell, said: "He doesn't remember anything at all."

"He was laughing and the next thing he remembers, he is waking in a hospital."


I'm off on vacation for the next 11 days. I shall look forward to catching up with you all after that!


Lavinia said...

Now there's a fish tale!

Have a great time on your vacation~!

phil said...

you may begin...


marc aurel said...

or "Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick". ?
Conversely, one of my favourite English expression of affection is: "Mud in your eye".

troutbirder said...

OMG! I read in our conservation magazine that they are coming up the Mississippi our way. Mmmm.

Hilary said...

Have a great holiday and watch out for those fish!

Rosezilla said...

Poor baby, can you imagine? Sounds like something that would happen to me. I always say that when I get to heaven the angels will be laughing too hard to greet me, due to the stupid way I'll probably die! Have fun on your vacation.

Betsy said...

Well, I guess you are right then! Almost anything would be better than that! :) Enjoy your vacation!

The Caked Crusader said...

Just goes to show the merit in some of these old sayings!

redeemedcaptn said...

11days!!! I can't go that long without a BP fix! Crikey what am I to do? I think you need more pictures of you on your site.

Blog Princess G said...

Thanks everyone!

Phil: Thanks mister, I needed a reminder of that brilliant sketch!

Troutbirder: Gor Blimey!

Rosezilla: Hee hee... for myself, I'm with Woody Allen: It's not so much that I'm afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happens. :)