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Dolphin Leaps Into Family's Boat, BLOOD SPRAYS EVERYWHERE
A family's happy boating trip in Orange County took a bloody, Tarantino-esque turn for the worst when a 350-pound dolphin jumped into their boat.
After spending a tranquil afternoon on the waters off Dana Point, the Frickman family was heading back to the harbor, according to the OC Register. Dirk and Chrissie Frickman, and their two children, Tristan, 12, and Courtney, 16, came upon a pod of dolphins swimming by their boat, peacefully it seemed. Then all hell broke loose.
A dolphin leaped into the air, hit a rail on the boat, and landed in their boat. "It hit my wife and knocked her over, and punched my daughter," Dirk Frickman told the OC Register.
The dolphin flopped over Chrissie's legs, but Dirk managed to pull his wife out from under it in the chaotic scene. Dirk steered the boat toward the harbor and called the Orange County Sheriff's Department Harbor Patrol to let them know he needed their help. He splashed water on the dolphin to keep it alive, and the mammal continued thrashing around.
“It’s kickin’ and bangin’ and smackin’ and once it did, it cut up its nose and got a few cuts on its tail, and as it shimmied its way around the boat, you know, the blood just started spattering everywhere,” Dirk told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO (via CBS Los Angeles).
Chrissie and Courtney were put on an ambulance and rushed to a hospital. As for the dolphin, two workers at the bait dock helped release the dolphin back into the water. It swam away. Here's a video of the dolphin being released:
Chrissie is still recovering from two broken ankles.
On a side note, remember this dolphin war on humans episode of The Simpsons?