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Wednesday, January 17, 2007


It’s time for another installment of The Darwin Awards.

(September 2006, Florida) A fearsome mythical giant was felled by a humble slingshot. But a modern speargun vs. an underwater leviathan is another tale altogether, as a Florida man discovered.

Outlawed in 1990, hunting Goliath-sized groupers remains surprisingly popular. These fish can weigh hundreds of pounds, yet there are underwater hunters who choose to tether themselves to such muscular sea creatures. However unlikely a pursuit, the poaching of groupers by divers and snorkelers continues, in defiance of both the law and common sense.

Of this elite group, our Darwin Award winner distinguished himself yet further by disregarding one essential spearfishing precaution. By embarking on this hunt without a knife to cut himself loose, the "fit and experienced snorkeler" was guaranteeing that his next attack on a giant grouper would be his last.

Why anyone thinks it's a good idea to tether yourself to a fish twice your size, I don't know. Some time later, the body of the spearfisher was found pinned to the coral, 17 feet underwater. Three coils of line were wrapped around his wrist, and one very dead grouper was impaled at the other end of the line.

In those final hours, the tables were turned, and the fish was given an opportunity to reflect on the experience of "catching a person."


At 5:33 AM, Blogger lime said...

i wonder if the fish ever mentioned the ones that got away.

At 5:55 AM, Anonymous linda said...

LOL that was good lime. Thank-You James for reminding us again that the world is truly full of dumba--es

At 8:59 AM, Blogger Carrie said...

Poor fishy!

Have you noticed or has there been any female darwin award winners?

At 9:47 AM, Blogger Sandra Ruttan said...

Ah, never underestimate the stupidity of some men!

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Breazy said...

LOL! Carrie is right , most of the Darwin winners are men . Maybe these men are in a secret club called " dumbass dudes" or something . This story sure puts another perspective on fishing eh?LOL! Have a good day!

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