The Family (Or most of them)

The Family (Or most of them)
The Family

May 10, 2008

Ocean Oddities and Other Outlandishness


Diving pelican slams into swimmer's face in Gulf off Florida

TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — A swimmer is recovering after a pelican apparently diving for fish slammed into her face off Florida.
Debbie Shoemaker of Toledo, Ohio, was in the water Thursday near St. Petersburg when the pelican's beak opened a gash in her face. She needed 20 stitches. The bird died.
The chief of the St. Petersburg Fire Department says he never heard of a diving pelican colliding with anyone.
An expert surmises the bird was diving for fish and hit Shoemaker by accident.
The 50-year-old woman returned home Friday.


What close encounters and other misadventures have YOU had in an ocean?