Leaping carp injure boaters


Fish in some American rivers are getting their own back on anglers by jumping out of the water and injuring them.

According to KnoxStudio.com, anglers in Illinois, Missouri and Mississippi rivers have suffered broken ribs, dislocated jaws, facial cuts and serious bruises after being whacked by Silver carp, Hypophthalmichthys molitrix, leaping out of the water.

Silver carp are an introduced species from Asia and, along with some other non-native species, are causing problems for fisheries officials in the US.

Like the Grass carp, Ctenopharyngodon idella, sometimes sold in the UK, Silver carp can leap more than 3m/10' out of the water and can reach up to 50kg in weight.