A snook is breathing new life thanks to the efforts of one Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation officer who noticed that the fish wasn’t swimming right.
Officer Mike Janzen was patrolling the waters under Jewfish Creek bridge in Key Largo recently when he noticed a snook at the surface of the water swimming upside down. Springing into action, Janzen grabbed the fish and brought it onto his vessel.
While inspecting the snook, Janzen noticed a live cowfish was wedged in its mouth in a way that didn’t allow the fish to swallow or spit it out. Janzen carefully pulled the cowfish from the snook’s mouth and placed both fish back in the water, keeping the snook at the surface and running water through its gills until it swam off.