Ouch! Fisherman says he was impaled, not bitten, by shark

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Posted: Jul 13, 2016 2:23 PM

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Maybe the only thing worse than getting bitten by a shark is getting impaled by one.

A Massachusetts fisherman transported to shore by the Coast Guard on Tuesday after reportedly being bitten by a type of shark called a dogfish tells the Gloucester (GLAH'-stur) Daily Times (http://bit.ly/29Chonf ) he was actually impaled by its spiny dorsal fin.

The Coast Guard confirmed Wednesday he was impaled and not bitten.

Roger Brisson says he was alone aboard his 26-foot boat Miss Molly about 16 miles off Gloucester when he hooked the dogfish. The fish twisted as he was unhooking it, driving the venomous spine 3 to 4 inches into his arm. He called the Coast Guard when his arm swelled.

The 69-year-old Brisson was treated at the hospital, prescribed antibiotics and discharged.