Norman and Barbara Howard of Mansfield,Ohio, were fishing Thursday on the Intracoastal Waterway near New Smyrna Beach,Fla., when they landed a whopper.
A bottlenose dolphin abruptly leapt aboard their 18-foot vessel, according to the Associated Press.
The mammal reportedly sailed about six feet into the air and landed on the bow of the boat around 10:30 a.m., sliding its way into the laps of the couple and their family. Its thrashing tail knocked them all to the deck before the couple’s daughter’s boyfriend was finally able to roll the disoriented dolphin back into the water, according to the report.
Barbara Howard sustained bruises and cuts, and the family alerted the Coast Guard of their need for medical attention at about 10:46 a.m. But the Coast Guard was unable to reach the boat until the afternoon because the vessel continued heading south from where the couple originally called, making it difficult for authorities to track them down, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Upon arrival, they arranged for Barbara to be taken to the hospital by ambulance when they got to shore.
Both husband and wife were treated at BertFishMedicalCenter in NewSmyrnaBeach and were released.
— Elizabeth Ellis