The ordeal left Chrissie Frickman in pain as the dolphin flopped onto her. The boat became covered in blood, coming from a cut on the animal’s tail.
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Frickman acted fast and called the harbor patrol, which met up with him and helped to get the dolphin out of his boat. Chrissie was taken to the hospital with two broken ankles, but Dirk says that she is recovering.
He added that he will never forget this “absolute crazy” incident anytime soon. “It’s one of those things where it’s all so beautiful, but you have to remember it’s still kind of wild,” he said. “From seven years watching them, dolphins have been so precise in their movements, but you just never know."
The dolphin was later released back into the wild after it was treated for its injuries.
Read more at the Orange County Register.