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A fisherman who speared a protected species of grouper while diving off Florida has been killed after the fish swam into a hole and entangled him in the line attached to the speargun. <

A 42-year-old Florida man, who has not been named, was free-diving in 7.6m/25' of water off the lower Florida Keys this weekend when he speared a Goliath grouper, Epinephalus itajara.

According to a report from Reuters, Detective Mark Coleman said that police divers had found the speared fish tightly wedged in a hole with the man’s body entangled in the spear line: “It looks like the fish wrapped the line attached to the spear around the victim’s wrist. The fish then went into a hole in a coral rock, effectively pinning the man to the bottom of the ocean.” (source)


  1. #1 Joel Hernandez
    September 13, 2006

    Lessons from nature:
    Could this be an instance of “Goliath” triumphing over “David”?

  2. #2 Thomas
    September 13, 2006

    You forgot the important part. What happened to the fish? Was there a happy ending where the fish swam away towards the sunset after defeating the villain through his cunning?

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