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Woman struck by 200 pound eagle ray on boat ride

March 29, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

ISLAMORADA (AP) - An Illinois woman vacationing in Florida was struck by a 200 pound spotted eagle ray while out on a boat ride, but wildlife officials say the woman wasn't injured.

Jenny Hausch was out on an eco-tour boat ride Friday in the Florida Keys with her family when the fish leaped into their boat off Islamorada and struck her in the chest. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission team tied a rope around the fish to pull it back into the water.

Wildlife Officer Robert Dube told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Tuesday that Hausch was not harmed.

The ray is protected in Florida waters and is considered to be a non-aggressive species and of little danger to humans.



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