• Allison McMillian

Fish attacks young girl at Minnesota lake

Earlier this year, an eleven-year-old from Minnesota was attacked by a large fish which bit down on her left foot and leg, leaving deep lacerations. She was bitten and dragged off her family's paddle board while hanging her feet off into the water.

The young girl's name is Maren Kesselhon. The incident occurred on Island Lake, about 20 miles from Duluth, Minn., on July 21, 2017, according to Fox 9.

Her father, Ryan Kesselhon, said that when his daughter lifted her foot from the water, she had more than two dozen cuts to her foot and leg, according to the Duluth News Tribune. Nine of her cuts required stitches; she also had to have surgery to repair a tendon in her foot. Her father also said that she felt a fish grab her foot.

"My daughter, right away, when I pulled her out of the water, she thought it was a fish," Kesselhon said. "She could feel her foot in its mouth. She kicked it with her other foot. It released, but it left a torn-up foot."

"The doctors debated whether it was an otter or a fish," Ryan Kesselhon told the Duluth News Tribune. "Had it been an otter, there would have been rabies shots. The doctors felt very confident it was a fish by how razor-sharp all the cuts were. Some were down to the bone, like it was done by the sharpest knife you could use."

Maren's father says that she knows it was a "freak accident" and will be getting back in the water.