Carp attack

If the Asian carp succeed in their journey to the Great Lakes, and then into the rivers, you can apparently forget about kayaking.

Exhibit A today comes from the Missouri 340, a canoe and kayak race that started this week. A Texas man, one of the favorites to win the race, was knocked out of the competition — literally — when a 30 pound Asian carp jumped out of the Missouri River and struck him in the head.

It’s definitely a risk of being out on the river,” said Tracy Hill, a project leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s local fisheries office. “It’s extremely serious. Those things can kill you.”

It is a serious threat, of course. It also is the most entertaining threat we face.