Sturgeon injures woman

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A woman has sustained injuries from a sturgeon fish as it leapt from the water of the Suwannee River in Florida.

Tara Bell, of Florida, had been boating over the weekend when she was knocked unconscious by the heavily-armoured fish.

She was taken to hospital with her injuries, but the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told the Sun Sentinel that the injuries are not serious. She is expected to make a full recovery.

Sturgeon from the Suwannee River can weigh up to 200lbs, and leap several metres out of the water. Their size, and hard-plated backs, can make these leaps dangerous.

This is the second incident in two months involving Sturgeon in the Suwannee River. In April, a 50-year-old woman also sustained serious injuries while boating when a sturgeon leapt from the water.

The woman had three fingers re-attached by surgeons, but she also suffered a ruptured spleen, lost the small finger on her left hand, and a tooth.