COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Dolphin watching has never been so up close and personal for a group of friends boating off Isle of Capri. A huge dolphin jumped onto their boat, pinning down a woman's foot.
"For me it was horrifying, like this is not really happening," Jo Ann Lorak recalls of her day on the water Sunday.
But it certainly was happening. One of the massive mammals became a little misdirected while jumping through the water.
"When you're looking at the underside of it, it was enormous," Lorak tells us, still in awe.
The belly of that beast was headed right for the center of the boat, and more directly, Lorak's ankle.
"I'm yelling my leg is broken. Patty's yelling Richard get this dolphin off the boat!"
But that was no easy task. Now, this might sound fishy, but all aboard estimate the dolphin at 15 feet and an estimated 650 pounds.
Lt. Keith Perry with Isle of Capri Fire and Rescue calls it the biggest dolphin he's ever seen. "We realized we had extreme weight on our hands and it was going to be difficult to get this mammal back into the water safely.
Perry, along with the help of nine other men, used a back board to do some heavy lifting.
"We tried to teeter it up and put it back into the water, and luckily it all went as planned," he explains.
Flipper flopped back in the water and went along his merry way, leaving Lorak with a sprained ankle, and the group with a fish tale of their own.