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Mackerel Leaps Into Boat, Slashing Angler’s Throat

A narrowbarred mackerel in northern Australia jumped into a small boat, knocking down a woman and slicing deeply into her throat.

September 26, 2018
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A 20- to 25-pound narrowbarred mackerel — similar to the Atlantic kingfish — leapt suddenly clear of the water and hit a woman fishing with her husband out of Darwin, Australia, recently.  

A narrowbarred mackerel takes to the air after a topwater lure
Narrowbarred mackerel often make high leaps in pursuit of prey — or, as here, a popping lure. Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

A 20- to 25-pound narrowbarred mackerel — similar to the Atlantic kingfish — leapt suddenly clear of the water and hit a woman fishing with her husband out of Darwin, Australia, recently.

According to local news reports, Belinda Bingham suddenly lay on the deck with her hand on her throat, attempting to stop the free-flowing blood, and a large mackerel thrashed in the boat. Her husband rushed back to the boat ramp where an ambulance awaited. Bingham is recovering.

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Narrowbarred mackerel (called Spanish mackerel Down Under) are a very common Indo-Pacific species, similar in size and habits to king mackerel of the Atlantic — but more prone to leap. They are often seen free-jumping high out of the water.

A mako shark smiles for the camera off New Zealand
Take a look at some of the other fish that are known to injure anglers Doug Olander / Sport Fishing
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