April 20, 2019

Massive Eagle Ray pins lady in charter boat

A photo Jenny Hausch took of an Eagle Ray jumping seconds before she got slammed by one.

An eagle ray weighing up to 300 pounds landed on top of a woman on a charter boat in the Florida Keys last week.

The woman, Jenny Hausch, had been taking photos at the front of the boat of rays jumping out of the water. She ended up pinned underneath one that came crashing into the open boat.

Mrs Hausch who was on the trip with her husband and three children said it was the “scariest thing” that’s ever happened to me. Newswarped assumes she means the eagle ray jumping on her, not being on a trip with her family.

Kelly Klein the captain of the Two Chicks Charter boat offered some insightful comments saying “These eagle rays, they were flying through the air. These giant things go out of the water and slam back down.”

Hausch said “The first picture I took of the ray jumping was 50 feet in front of us.” When the ray jumped again, Hausch said she was readying her camera. “Next thing I know, it hit me square in the chest. I fell backwards and fell down,” she said.

Hausch said the incident happened so fast that she didn’t have time to react.

“I was just trying to push it off me as I was scooting backwards,” she said.

Klein said the ray was “slamming and slamming her trying to swim away.”

Florida Fish and Wildlife Officers Aja Vickers and Bret Swensson were patrolling the water near the tour boat when they heard screams.

“We turned around and looked and saw the eagle ray thrashing around in the boat and at that point we realized we had a problem,” said Vickers.

As the officers made their way to the boat, Vickers said, “shoes were getting thrown off the boat, towels were going everywhere.”

By the time officers made it to the boat Hausch had freed herself from under the ray.

Klein said the animal measured 8-feet across, and probably weighed a good 300 pounds.

“It’s just massive, it has a 10-foot tail,” she added.

Klein said everyone thought that Hausch was dead, but when she was freed she didn’t have a scratch on her. Hausch’s children were hysterical, but she and her husband decided to continue the charter in hopes that the incident wouldn’t make them afraid of the water.

No need to be afraid of the water pumpkins – it’s what’s in it that you need to watch out for.

The Florida Museum of Natural History says Eagle Rays can measure as much as 10 feet across and 17 feet long — from their snout to the end of their barbed tails — and weigh up to 500 pounds. The spines on the tails are venomous and can inflict serious wounds.

In 2008, a woman died from the impact when a ray jumped out of the water and hit her as she boated in the Keys.

Newswarped wonders about the wisdom of getting too close to these magnificent creatures when they are jumping and endangering them solely for commercial gain.

Eagle Ray in boat - Yeah it was freaky man, one minute I am bouncing along then - bang - I am out of the water and some weird creature is wriggling around underneath me - the scariest thing that has ever happened to me.