A woman from Winnipeg, Manitoba is recovering after she was attacked by a giant musky. The massive fish bit into her calf and dragged her under water until friends came to her rescue.
According to Global News Canada, Kim Driver was wading in chest-deep water in the Winnipeg River near Minaki, Ontario. When she was attacked by a large muskellunge.
“All of a sudden I just felt something tap my left leg, like brush it, and then next thing I know it just took a hold of my right leg,” said Driver, an avid angler who has been a seasonal camper in Minaki since 2007.
“I looked down and I saw the fish’s head, which looked like an alligator, and it just grabbed it and it moved me from side-to-side and then it pulled me under.”
Her husband heard her scream and saw her arms go up and she disappeared under the water. The fish let go and she was able to get to shore but her leg was pretty messed up.
She sustained scrapes on her leg and severe puncture wounds in her calf. She is now recovering at home and is awaiting plastic surgery to repair the damage,
“I was in total disbelief and the pain was just unbelievable,” Driver said. “I wouldn’t wish it on anybody to go through what I’ve gone through, because the pain was just horrible.”
Darcy Cox, who runs Tank Industries Guide Service out of Kenora, Ont., says people getting bit by muskies is rare, and an attack like this is even rarer. They usually occur when people dangle their hands or feet in the water and the fish mistakes it for a fish.
“Muskies will eat up to three-quarters of their body length, so the rumor goes. A good portion of somebody’s leg just looks like a big long pike or musky or big walleye, big whitefish, so that’s probably what happened.”
Hopefully she makes a full recovery and is not afraid to get back in the water.