The scene was straight out of a horror flick: the seemingly placid lake, the beauty of early springtime, the sounds of paddles splashing against water as members of Washington University's first-year men's rowing team guide their vessel to the dock. What could possibly go wrong?
But somewhere below the surface of Creve Coeur Lake, Asian carp begin to swarm. They target the interlopers. First one fish, then another, then ten others -- an explosion of finned bodies leaping from the depths to attack the panicked rowers. Soon, the sound of paddling is replaced with screams of terror.
This was (sort of) the scene that greeted Benjamin Rosenbaum, captain of the men's rowing team, on Friday morning. He managed to film what happened when his teammates got caught in a massive airborne attack from the notoriously ornery Asian carp.
According to CNN, team member Devin Patel described what happened when one of the carp scored a direct hit on the inside of their boat: "The fish was flopping on my legs. It was so slippery that I couldn't get a grip on it."
No injuries were reported, which presumably only made the Asian carp more angry. Watch your backs (and faces), rowers.
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