Teenager attacked by flying barracuda

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A teenager was left with more than 50 stitches in her arm after a four foot barracuda leapt onto the family yacht and attacked her.

According to the report in The Sun, 14-year-old Koral Wira was sitting on the yacht when the fish "flew across the boat like a bullet" and fastened its teeth onto her arm.

Koral's dad Rob had been fishing and the barracuda was attracted by the bait. He said: "The fish took my shark bait but then jumped out of the water, right at my daughter. It's the craziest thing that's ever happened in my life."

After letting go of Koral's arm, the fish fell on its side to the floor, where Rob killed it by stabbing it with a fillet knife.

The attack, which left Koral with bite marks stretching from her wrist to her elbow, happened near Venice, Florida.

Barracuda attacks on humans are very uncommon and this type of incident is usually accidental. According to expert Donald de Sylva, there have been less than 25 barracuda attacks on humans in the last century.

Practical Fishkeeping reported a story of an angler attacked by a leaping barracuda in 2006.