July 11, 2018

KEY LARGO — A Georgia man is recovering after being bitten by a barracuda while snorkeling in the waters off John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park on Saturday, July 7.

The U.S. Coast Guard Islamorada Station’s SPC-33 transferred crewman onto the vessel Dolphin to assist with medical attention and escorted the boat back to the state park, where Key Largo Volunteer Ambulance Corps paramedics treated the man for a bite on his left lower leg.

He was then released, according to Florida Fishing and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Robert Dube.

The 49-year-old man was reportedly swimming near a school of bait fish while the barracuda was hunting.

“The barracuda was doing what barracudas do, chasing bait fish. Luckily, the guy was all right,” Dube said.