JUL 01, 2015 11:23 PM PDT

Dolphin Jumps Into Boat, Breaks Woman's Ankles

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

How do you imagine a nice a boat ride in the water? With the sun shining and some fishing poles in the water, or maybe a portable grill cooking up a barbeque while you ride around in the middle of a large body of water?

Well for one family, a boat ride turned into somewhat of a nightmare. While the family was out watching a pod of dolphins off of the coast of California to celebrate the couple's 18th anniversary, as well as Father's Day, a dolphin reportedly leaped out of the water and right into the boat that the family was riding in.

Now for some, this might be a really cute way for a dolphin to say, "Hey! I love you! Take me home with you!" But, for this family, it meant a bloody mess all over the boat from injuries that the dolphin sustained during the impact on the vessel, as well as two broken ankles for the wife, who ended up getting trapped under the dolphin, and a few cuts and bruises for the husband and daughter, who were both whacked by the dolphin.

This is the aftermath of a dolphin jumping into a boat.

The dolphin, which weighed approximately 330 pounds, was pretty beat up from the incident. After the husband, Dirk Frickman, pulled his wife out from under the large animal, he reportedly continued to splash water onto the dolphin while driving the boat to attempt to keep it alive until he could get the help necessary to get the dolphin back into the water.

You can watch the release video below compliments of the Orange County Register:



"The dolphin jumped and we thought it was doing a flip and I guess it miscalculated," Frickman said to the local news. "It came right onto my wife and flopped in the boat and knocked down and grazed my daughter. The dolphin was flopping all over; it cut its nose and its tail. Blood started splattering everywhere. I was letting go of the wheel every 30 seconds to a minute and slowing down and pouring water on her."

When he did get the dolphin back into the water, thanks to the help of harbor patrol, the dolphin reportedly swam off quickly, suggesting that it was doing fine and was capable of being released to the wild without any medical assistance.

Photos taken from the incident show that the dolphin had some cuts along its nose and even its tail, but those will likely heal back up over time and the dolphin should live happily ever after.

Although the wife, Chrissie Frickman, is currently being treated for his broken ankles, Frickman and his daughter appear to be fine after the event.

Source: Orange County Register

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
DEC 06, 2019
Genetics & Genomics
DEC 06, 2019
Invasive Mussels are Taking Over Australia's Coastlines
Any type of organism that is not native to a location but ends up there anyway is considered an invasive species....
DEC 19, 2019
Earth & The Environment
DEC 19, 2019
Tiny Fossils Reveal California's Ocean Acidification History
A century’s worth of microscopic shells has revealed that ocean acidification is occurring in California waters at twice the rate of the global avera...
DEC 23, 2019
Plants & Animals
DEC 23, 2019
Brave Ant Explorers Engage a Termite Colony
Ants and termites have known their place as bitter rivals in the animal kingdom for more than 150 million years. Even today, as populations peak at some of...
JAN 07, 2020
Clinical & Molecular DX
JAN 07, 2020
Kiss and tell: new test for kissing bug disease
Here’s one Latin lover that you do not want to get kissed by: triatomines, or “kissing bugs”. Known locally as pitos or chipos, these ins...
JAN 19, 2020
Plants & Animals
JAN 19, 2020
Flying Foxes Must be Careful of Crocodiles When Hydrating
Flying foxes absolutely despise the Sun, and with that in mind, it should come as no surprise to anyone that they look for shade whenever possible. One pro...
JAN 21, 2020
Plants & Animals
JAN 21, 2020
After Hibernation, These Grizzlies Turn to Clams for Nourishment
Grizzly bears spend up to seven Wintery months hibernating, and in that time, they can lose a substantial amount of their body weight. While surrounding ma...
Loading Comments...