(9 September 2006, Florida) A fearsome mythical giant named Goliath was felled by David's humble sling. But a modern leviathan vs. a speargun is another tale altogether, as a 42-year-old man named Gary discovered.
Although it was outlawed in 1990, poaching giant groupers remains surprisingly popular in the Florida Keys. These muscular fish can weigh 600 pounds, yet underwater hunters voluntarily choose to tether themselves to the creatures with spearguns, in defiance of both the law and common sense.
Formerly called Jewfish, the Goliath Grouper is the world's largest grouper, attaining weights up to 600 pounds. They are quite illegal to hunt, and are generally too tough and wormy to eat, so killing one gives the spearfisher bragging rights only.
In those final hours, the tables were turned, and the leviathan fish was given an opportunity to experience "catching a person." 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.
David C. Halley points out that 'slingshot' was originally misused in this
story. "David's weapon was not a slingshot but a sling, an entirely
different device. Slingshots require rubber so could not have been
constructed prior to ~1800 C.E."
"Fish Catches Man Story."
"Sounds fishy to me."
"A reel fish tale."
David C. Halley points out that 'slingshot' was originally misused in this story. "David's weapon was not a slingshot but a sling, an entirely different device. Slingshots require rubber so could not have been constructed prior to ~1800 C.E."
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