Locals and visitors have snorkeled countless times - nearly all without incident.
So what happened?
The family claims that the crew was throwing food, namely bagels, in the water to attract fish. Allegedly as a result, a three-foot barracuda attacked the nine-year old's hand - likely mistaking it for a yellowtail snapper.
What's it look like when you throw food in the water at the reef?
Check out this family video posted on YouTube on December 24, 2009 showing a family snorkeling in Key West with Fury.
During the last 20 seconds of the video notice the large school of yellowtail snapper in a feeding frenzy at something repeatedly tossed into the water near snorkelers.
The point is this: snorkeling in Key West is safe, fun, and rewarding - so long as people aren't throwing food in the water to attract fish.
Get well soon Michelle!
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