Stingray leaps into boat, stabs man in chest

It’s war now!!

MIAMI, Florida (Reuters) — A leaping stingray stabbed an 81-year-old Florida boater in the chest, authorities said Wednesday, leaving its poisonous stinger lodged close to his heart in an incident recalling the one that killed Australian TV naturalist Steve Irwin last month.

Fire Department officials in Lighthouse Point, about 30 miles north of Miami, said James Bertakis was in a small recreational boat with two grandchildren Tuesday when the spotted eagle ray leaped aboard and struck him.

“It’s just a real freak thing,” Lt. Mike Sullivan told Reuters, saying the incident occurred on Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway, where stingrays are rarely seen leaping in the air.


  1. It did not “leap into the boat and sting” him. It leapt into the boat. The man tried to pick it up and return it to the water, and the ray panicked and struck…guess you just don’t hug a stingray to your body when you pick it up…GOD I HATE BAD JOURNALISM!

  2. it says it was a spotted eagle ray, not a stingray. why does everyone call them all stingrays? it confuses islanders like me. when you live around them you call them by species. stingray’s are bottom feeders. they dont jump out of the water. but i have seen spotted eagle rays jump. its not uncommon.

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