Marathon Key, FL - 20 Mar 2008: Eagle Ray Attacks, Kills Woman On Boat

An Eagle Ray has killed a 55-year-old Michigan woman on a boat near Marathon Key, Florida. The woman was boating with her family when the ray - a species which grows to 500 pounds and sports a ten-foot wingspan - leaped from the water and reportedly struck her in the neck with its barbed tail.

She was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

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