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(ST. LOUIS) — Freshman rowers at Washington University in St. Louis had nowhere to go when they were caught in the crossfire of a herd of flying fish.

The surprise attack was captured on camera by varsity rower Benjamin Rosenbaum who called the incident that took place Friday with Asian carps “almost a rite of passage” for freshmen rowers.

“It happened the same weekend in April back in 2013,” Rosenbaum, a Washington University junior, told ABC News. “It’s the season.”

Rosenbaum, the captain of the university’s Varsity men’s crew team, was loading equipment onto a trailer with his teammates when he caught a first glimpse of the coming attack.

“I saw a few fish jump up,” Rosenbaum said. “I had an idea of what was about to happen so I walked down to the dock and filmed it.”

The fish kept jumping for around two minutes but Rosenbaum says there were no injuries. Everyone, he says, was able to laugh about it, eventually.

“The freshmen were panicking,” he said.

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