Ahh, the time-honored but somewhat dubious tourist tradition of hand-feeding the fat, lazy, half-tame dockside tarpon. I vividly recall watching these torpedo-sized panhandlers cruising alongside a floating restaurant in Islamorada and wondering what it would be like to catch one (I’m still wondering). But the kid in this video now knows what it’s like for a tarpon to catch him…

From this story on the Huffington Post:
We were down feeding the giant tarpon from the docks. The tarpon were extremely aggressive this day and jumping up trying to grab the dangling fish. This kid was using his jacket to cover his hand to try to prevent the tarpon from scraping up his hand. (Tarpon have very abrasive inner mouths that will leave your hands bleeding). This kid dangles the fish and the tarpon jumps up to grab it, but also grabs his jacket. The kid has super fast reflexes and grabs his jacket. It was cool to watch!

Anyone ever “be one with the tarpon” like this?