Just when you thought it was safe to dip your foot in the water. A local youth got up close and personal with a muskie last weekend on Trout Lake near Alban, and suffered some minor, but surprising injuries as a result on his foot.
Cohen Frappier got bit by the aggressive fish when he was at a friend's camp Saturday. His dad, Shawn, shared the photo with the River Monsters Facebook group.
“The boys were going kayaking and he put his foot in the water to check the temperature while standing on the dock,” Frappier wrote in a message to NorthernLife.ca.
That's when the muskie struck. An aggressive fish with no natural predators other than very large birds and humans, muskies (proper name, muskellunge) can grow to be as long as five feet and weight up to 70 pounds. They have large mouths with needle-like teeth.
“The muskellunge or muskies will eat almost anything that it can fit into its mouth,” says an article on ontariofishspecies.com. “Their diet mainly consists of fish, but it also includes mice, muskrats, ducklings, frogs, crayfish, snakes and other small mammals and small birds.”
They can eat their prey in one gulp — just watch the video.