The Washington University in St. Louis crew team was ambushed by flying carp during a recent practice on Creve Coeur Lake, roughly 25 miles west of St. Louis.
While none of the rowers were injured, the fish did make bodily contact when they launched heavenward out of the waters.
“They're huge fish. They hurt when then hit you in the rib cage," Justin Rosenbaum, a junior who filmed the event, told The Independent. Rosenbaum said he had experienced a similar ambush in 2013 while in a boat, and compared the fish hitting him to the feeling of getting punched.
Let's hope the sub-aquatic assault doesn't hamper the team's upcoming performance. Wash U. was practicing the for the national crew championships in Florida.