Fishing with her family in the Gulf of Mexico, the unsuspecting 14-year-old girl from Venice was attacked by a 45-inch barracuda while sitting inside a boat.
According to the family, the barracuda jumped from the water, flew across the boat like a bullet, clamped onto the girl's left arm and left it looking like "raw hamburger."
Wira had incision-like bite marks from her elbow to her wrist, and the wounds required 51 stitches to close. "It was like out of 'Jaws,' it was that scary," said Dina Parker, Wira's mother. "We'll never go back out there again. It was the most terrifying thing I've ever been through. I've never been so scared in my life.
"I couldn't believe it was happening to us."
Barracuda attacks are believed to be extremely rare. Wira was taken to Venice Regional Medical Center, and the family said it was the first time someone had been treated for a barracuda attack at the hospital.
A spokesperson at Mote Marine said it would be possible for a barracuda to jump and attack if it was feeding time, or if the fish had been hooked and was fighting.
Rob Parker, Wira's father, said he was fishing for barracuda and shark and found his bait and hook inside the barracuda's mouth.
However, he said he never set the hook and it hadn't penetrated its mouth. The fish took the bait and then jumped at them. It wasn't fighting, he said.
"It's the craziest thing that's ever happened to me in my life," said Rob Parker.
The attack took place about 10:30 a.m., four miles off the Venice Inlet.