TORREY PINES STATE PARK, California (GlossyNews) — The first deadly salmon attack on the California coast occurred early Wednesday afternoon. Giant, carnivorous salmon fatally attacked a nudist couple while honeymooning on the clothing-optional portion of Blacks Beach off the Pacific Coast. The couple was leisurely swimming when suddenly surrounded and attacked by a large school of genetically altered salmon; the salmon commonly referred to as “Frankenfish”.
The Torrey Pines State Park lifeguard reported hearing loud screaming followed by violent splashing at approximately 3:30 p.m. about 300 yards from the shoreline. Lifeguard Bobby Dicoco spotted the couple and immediately set out to rescue the couple while his assistant, Angela Rogers, called paramedics and the Coast Guard. Rogers initially reported the incident as a possible shark attack and was shocked when provided the details from the Coast Guard.
Both lifeguards commented on the unimaginable sight that had unfolded before them. Dicoco said, “I’ve never seen so many fish that large or fish attacks anything like this. By the amount of blood in the water, I thought a great white or tiger shark had got to them. My heart goes out to the couple and their family.” Rogers spoke of seeing hundreds, if not thousands of salmon swimming backwards and circling nearby. Dicoco and Rogers pulled the couple into their rescue boat, but it was too late. By that time, the injuries the couple had sustained and the amount of blood loss was too great to overcome. Paramedics pronounced the couple dead on arrival; they were later identified as Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Webb of San Antonio, TX.
Lt. Art Perot, a 10-year veteran of the Coast Guard said “a seaman never wants to hear those famous words uttered, you’re gonna need a bigger boat, but that day I did.” Fatal Frankenfish attacks are something we will be seeing more and more often in the coming months, said Drake Labrador, a salmon expert at Sea World of San Diego. “Frankenfish will do whatever it takes to survive; when they run out of their food supply they will find other sources of food. In previous studies, these fish have even attacked each other leaving only one or two remaining fish in the tanks. These fish are piranhas in extra large salmon’s clothing,” Labrador said.
The California Department of Parks and Recreation failed to comment on the incident. Beaches remain open to the public.