The immortal battle of man vs. beast. Since the dawn of humanity, people have been facing off with nature in a quest for food and survival. Sometimes we win. Sometimes we lose. Sometimes we get slapped by a fish.
In what is basically the Moby Dick of 2017, a hilarious viral clip shows that our undersea prey don’t always go down without a fight.
Two British men were angling in Krabi, Thailand, when one of them pulled a mighty impressive haul from the lake: a giant carp.
Proud of their catch, they decided to pose for a photo. The fish was apparently so heavy that the catcher couldn’t hold it himself, and had his friend hold it up with him.
It’s a proud moment, until the carp, presumably not thrilled about being held up by his captors as a trophy, naturally took the opportunity to dish out what they had coming.
The carp slaps one of the men in the face with his tail.
And it’s not just a light flail—the carp really gets him good. It’s a lightning-fast smack, and the slapee lets out an expletive and complains of ringing in his ear.
According to their friend behind the camera, he really brought the slap upon himself.
“My friend Tony was told not to touch the tail of the fish,” he wrote online, according to the Daily Mail.
“But as usual he paid no attention and paid the price with a slap in the face.”
It’s nice to see the fish stand up for itself, but sadly, it apparently didn’t get the opportunity to make an escape, as it fell back into the net. Maybe the slapped fisherman got the last laugh by frying up and eating the rebellious carp.
Man might be the victor in the end, but no one can say this carp didn’t go down swinging.