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Michigan woman killed in Keys by giant ray identified


By David Fleshler | Sun-Sentinel.com
6:14 PM EDT, March 20, 2008

MARATHON - A tourist was killed by a large sting ray off the Florida Keys Thursday morning when the barb-tailed animal jumped out of the water into the woman's boat, officials said.

Judy Kay Zagorski, of Pigeon, Mich., was sitting in a boat going 25 mph when a spotted eagle ray that weighed about 75 pounds and had a wingspan of 5 to 6 feet flew out of the water, said Jorge Pino, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The 57-year-old woman's father was driving the boat on the Atlantic Ocean side of Vaca Key, where the city of Marathon is located, Pino said.

``He had absolutely no warning. It just happened instantaneously,'' Pino said.

The impact probably killed the woman, not the ray's venomous barb. "It doesn't appear that's going to be the case at this point because there are no visible puncture wounds," Pino said.

An autopsy will determine an official cause of death, Pino said.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office identified the animal as a spotted eagle ray, he said.

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A sad and freak accident..
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That's actually how the term "devil ray" originally came about...
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They jump all the time and they are beautiful. It's just unfortunate that sometimes human activity is in the way. I bet her father about had a heart attack. What an awful thing to have to go through.
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Global warming is to blame. No doubt.
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Global warming is to blame. No doubt.

I wondered when someone was going to bring that up.
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That is just so strange. Reminds me of when a co-worker was innocently on her way to work and a Canada goose flew though her windshield. She probably could have seen it in time to miss it if it had been daylight but it was around 10:30 at night. She lived to tell the tale but was cut up pretty bad from flying glass. Plus she lost control and nearly totaled her car.
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The autopsy revealed "blunt force trauma" but can you imagine how tough it was to convince the police that this thing(that did not land in the boat afterwards and "got away") was the object that supplied the blunt force. After all I heard no mention of "who" the witnesses were and of any evidence. Or am I just being cynical about a "fish story"?
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The autopsy revealed "blunt force trauma" but can you imagine how tough it was to convince the police that this thing(that did not land in the boat afterwards and "got away") was the object that supplied the blunt force. After all I heard no mention of "who" the witnesses were and of any evidence. Or am I just being cynical about a "fish story"?
Hhmm. Now I hadn't thought of it that way, but now that you mention it it does sound kinda fishy.
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