Posted: Jul 06, 2015 4:36 AM PST Updated: Jul 06, 2015 4:38 AM PST
(FOX NEWS) -- Florida officials are investigating a sturgeon strike that killed a 5-year-old girl and injured her mother and older brother.
All three were on a boat on the Suwannee River in Dixie County Thursday night when a huge sturgeon jumped out of the water and smacked into them.

The sturgeon hit them as they were helping the friend take the boat out of the water near the Joe Anderson Boat Ramp in Fanning Springs.

Wildlife officials said Jaylon is the first fatality recorded from a sturgeon strike on the Suwannee River. Several others have been injured by jumping sturgeon this year.

The fish are known for leaping more than 7 feet above the water. They can grow up to 8 feet long and weigh up to 200 pounds and can cause serious injuries. more at link: