Father and son fishing trip… it sounds innocent enough, right? When fishing in the ocean, though, you need to have a healthy respect for the predators you’ll find there.

One of the most fearsome is the barracuda. There are several species of barracuda found throughout the warmer ocean waters. The species found off the Florida coast can grow in excess of six feet long. Their razor-sharp teeth make them dangerous to other fish and anglers alike.

Thirteen-year-old Parker King found out just how dangerous these fish can be on a recent offshore fishing trip with his dad Irwin. Find out what happened to him on the open water.

Barracuda-Attack-Parker-KingA recent barracuda attack in Florida turned out to be just as a bad as a shark attack bite, and almost as fatal.

When Irwin King took his 13-year-old son Parker fishing, he probably did not consider the threat of a barracuda attack to be that bad in comparison to a shark attack. The father and son were about 18 miles out from Ponce Inlet in Florida when they spotted the barracuda and decided to catch it. When they reeled the 50 pound fish into the boat, all six feet of it flew into the air and its teeth grazed the teen’s bicep and chest.
Because they were so far away from land, they did not even have cell phone reception to call for help, and there was so much blood that King feared the barracuda attack might kill his son:

“I was really… I thought… I was waiting for him to start turning pale because of the amount of blood and everything else. I mean, all I could think of was he’s going to die on me. I would have lost it. I don’t know what I would have done.”

Photos: David Pritchard (top); Inquisitr (above)

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Joe is an avid saltwater angler. He grew up in Washington State on the south end of Puget Sound where he first started fishing as a boy catching perch, flounder, rockfish, and occasionally salmon. Today, Joe lives in Southern California where he fishes off beaches and jetties, kayaks, and sportfishing boats. Joe writes about his saltwater adventures in the SoCal Salty blog, and for Western Outdoor News.