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Watch: University rowers attacked by flying Asian carp in Washington

Published 17/04/2015 | 07:51

A group of university rowers in Washington got an unexpected surprise while training.

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At Creve Coeur Lake near St. Louis, Missouri, the Washington University crew team was preparing for next month's national championships when they encountered the splashy surprise.

Asian carp, lots of them, leaped from the water, wetting the students and pummeling their boats.

Filmmaker Benjamin Rosenbaum captured the stunning moment on camera as the carp seem to follow the rowers along the lake. It's thought that heavy rainfall may have brought more carp to the area.

The carp are considered an invasive, non-native species that endanger the ecosystems of the Mississippi River and other Midwest waterways. The fish can leap up to ten feet out of the water, and have been known to injure to boaters. No injuries were reported this time.

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