Flying Flipper

Monday, March 14, 2011 - 3:41pm

Huge dolphin leaps into Florida charter boat, striking woman on board.

Curiosity got the best of a 600 pound dolphin when it ended up in a boat off Isles of Capri, Florida Sunday.

Isles of Capri Fire Lieutenant Keith Perry says he answered a distress call on the Marco River just before 3:00 p.m.

The caller, a charter boat captain, said he needed help because a dolphin ended up in his boat.

Perry said the animal jumped out of the water and into the vessel, hitting a woman on board.

She suffered a sprained ankle.

The Isles of Capri Fire Department, Florida Fish and Wildlife and the Collier County Sheriff's Office responded to the incident.

Perry says it took 10 men to lift the dolphin out of the boat and put it back into the water.

Experts say the blood visible on the dolphin's fin in the photos is from a superficial cut, similar to a human who had cut themselves shaving.

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