The Hawaiian Needlefish, or aha, has been implicated in several stabbing incidents, a few fatal. They tend to leap out of the water with their beak open, slashing anything in their path. Those stabbed by the aha have found teeth in their infected wound. I hate when they bite my lure or bait and I try to let them tire out before they get within range of assaulting me. The big ones, called Blue Bone because they actually have blue bones, can be chunked and fried but I’m happy enough just to shake them off and set ’em free.
In this video, a little aha is about to ram my kayak but the landing net’s webbing intercepts it. You can see that it had opened its mouth and is angrily slashing. It clamps down on the webbing and doesn’t let go until I remove the hook from its jaw. Good thing I had taken my foot out of the water. They do make a few high speed initial runs and somersault all over the place. Poor man’s marlin indeed but can leave a nasty wound.