Dozens of flying fish attack Washington University rowing team in extraordinary video

The team were caught in the fish frenzy during practice for next month's national rowing championship

Jack Simpson
Thursday 16 April 2015 10:27 BST
Flying fish attack university rowing team
Flying fish attack university rowing team (ITN)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...

A morning rowing session turned into an exercise in dodging fish for one university rowing team, when they found themselves being attacked by dozens of flying carp while training on the Creve Coeur Lake in Missouri.

In the footage, the Washington University rowing team were out practicing ahead of the national championships in Florida when the fish frenzy occurred.

While no one was injured, some of the rowers were hit by the frantic fish.

Junior Benjamin Rosenbaum, the captain of the varsity rowing team, filmed the attack and said: “They're huge fish. They hurt when then hit you in the rib cage.”

He added that it felt like someone had “punched him” after he was in the middle of a similar situation in 2013.

Since being uploaded to YouTube, the video has gone viral being viewed by over 250,000 internet users.

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