Today's award goes to an Australian fisherman.
An Australian man was left bloodied and embarrassed after being "assaulted" by a catfish in Darwin.
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The 45-year-old man said he was fishing with a friend when he caught a 12-inch catfish. Upon pulling the fish in he tried to flick it up onto the bank, however the fish flew towards him and struck him on the left side of his head.
The impact caused the venomous back spine of the fish to lodge into the side of his head. "He writhed in pain and bled profusely while his friend calmly took possession of the prize catch," said police in a statement.
The superintendent said the man was treated at the scene and police officers offered him advice, coinciding with Marine Safety Week in the Northern Territory.
"I am not quite sure he appreciated it," she told ABC.
There's more at the link.
I'm starting to wonder about the Australian wildlife. They've got six of the twelve most venomous species of snake there . . . and the duckbilled platypus, with poison spurs on its heels . . . and now we learn that Australian catfish are equipped with poison spines. Please tell me that kangaroos and koala bears aren't concealing poison somewhere, too? (Oh - and what did his 'friend' do with the fish? I hope he didn't eat it while his buddy was undergoing treatment . . . )