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Woman boater hospitalized after dolphin lands in her lap[FL]
News -JournalOnline ^ | 09 Oct 2008 | MARK I. JOHNSON

Posted on 10/09/2008 9:11:36 PM PDT by BGHater

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A married couple riding in a boat in the Intracoastal Waterway got an unexpected guest this morning when a dolphin leaped onto their boat and slid onto their laps.

The woman, Barbara Howard of Mansfield, Ohio, was brought ashore at an Edgewater boat ramp and taken to Bert Fish Medical Center, where she was listed in stable condition this afternoon, Coast Guard officials said. Her husband, Norman Howard, 64, also was hospitalized for some scrapes and bruises but has since been released.

The incident occurred about 10:40 a.m. near the North Causeway in New Smyrna Beach, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Second Class Jason Moats. The county's Regional Communications Center received several 911 calls from witnesses who told the dispatchers about a dolphin jumping out of the water and hitting a woman in a boat.

The Coast Guard was called but patrols were unable to find the boat in the Intracoastal or any of the New Smyrna Beach area boat ramps. Moats said the Coast Guard finally found the couple in Edgewater after getting a call from one of the witnesses.

The Howards were riding in an 18-foot, center console boat with their daughter Laura Hall, 39, and her boyfriend Montie Henderson, 47, both of Edgewater. They were traveling just under the bridge when a dolphin, estimated at 8-10 feet long and about 400 pounds, jumped about 6 feet in the air and landed across the bow of the boat. The momentum of the boat and the dolphin's leap caused it to slide over the bow and land on the laps of Norman and Barbara, who were sitting on the seat in front of the console.

Norman said he saw the dolphin coming out of the corner of his eye, but everything happened too quickly to react. "The next thing I knew, a big old fish was on top of me," he said.

According to Norman he managed to push the dolphin off himself and his wife but the thrashing tail knocked them to the deck of the boat. Barbara caught most of the impact in her chest, while Norman received some scrapes and bruises.

"I got a few good punches. Mike Tyson could not hit that hard," he said.

Henderson was able to roll the dolphin, still lying across the front of the boat, back into the water.

Barbara Howard was conscious when found, Moats said, and was transported to the hospital on a non-emergency basis.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: boat; dolphin; florida
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1 posted on 10/09/2008 9:11:36 PM PDT by BGHater
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To: BGHater
taken to Bert Fish Medical Center

I am speechless.

2 posted on 10/09/2008 9:13:27 PM PDT by Defiant (With Barney Frank, a reach across the aisle just becomes a reach-around.)
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To: BGHater

Guess flipper wanted a ride.....

I saw dolphins jumping in the wake of the carrier when I was on board... but this is a first I have heard of one landing in a boat.


3 posted on 10/09/2008 9:14:01 PM PDT by Americanwolf (If you'll excuse me, I need to go to the can and drop an Obama)
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To: BGHater

These dolphins are a menace to society. They must be Stopped!


4 posted on 10/09/2008 9:14:36 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Dolphin-Haters for Obama '08)
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To: Defiant

sounds fishy to me..... (ugh sorry that was bad.)


5 posted on 10/09/2008 9:14:51 PM PDT by Americanwolf (If you'll excuse me, I need to go to the can and drop an Obama)
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To: Defiant

6 posted on 10/09/2008 9:16:14 PM PDT by BGHater (The GOP, the new DNC.)
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To: BGHater
This is Silly
7 posted on 10/09/2008 9:16:15 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could be Farts)
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To: BGHater

I hate it when that happens.


8 posted on 10/09/2008 9:17:21 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Under Construction)
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To: mylife

very silly.... the write of that post should be sacked.... along with Harry the wonder Llama... :)


9 posted on 10/09/2008 9:18:41 PM PDT by Americanwolf (If you'll excuse me, I need to go to the can and drop an Obama)
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To: BGHater

I wonder what kind of bait she was using.


10 posted on 10/09/2008 9:19:43 PM PDT by txroadkill (Do it for Sarah!)
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To: Americanwolf

If it was a fast boat,and they made a quick turn it could happen. Dolphins (actually they are porpoises, but thats another story..) Love to ride in the wake


11 posted on 10/09/2008 9:20:29 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could be Farts)
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To: Americanwolf

What about ‘arold? “arold the sheep?


12 posted on 10/09/2008 9:21:29 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could be Farts)
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To: mylife

I could see that happening.... Was her response “holy Mackrel?”


13 posted on 10/09/2008 9:21:36 PM PDT by Americanwolf (If you'll excuse me, I need to go to the can and drop an Obama)
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To: mylife

or the moose that bit my sister....


14 posted on 10/09/2008 9:22:07 PM PDT by Americanwolf (If you'll excuse me, I need to go to the can and drop an Obama)
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To: Americanwolf

Ohhhhh!!!! Thats aweful!

Are you fishing for laughs? ;)


15 posted on 10/09/2008 9:23:07 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could be Farts)
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To: Slings and Arrows

/mark


16 posted on 10/09/2008 9:23:27 PM PDT by KoRn ("Change": Come Help A Nitwit Get Elected)
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To: UnwashedPeasant

Dolphins don’t hurt people, only boats hurt people.


17 posted on 10/09/2008 9:23:42 PM PDT by DGHoodini (Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand)
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To: BGHater

Even the DOLPHINS at New Smyrna Beach are dangerous.


18 posted on 10/09/2008 9:24:16 PM PDT by HelloooClareece ("We make war that we may live in peace". Aristotle)
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To: Americanwolf

I have heard of a seawolf but a seamoose?


19 posted on 10/09/2008 9:25:02 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could be Farts)
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To: mylife

he he he did you take the bait! ;)


20 posted on 10/09/2008 9:25:04 PM PDT by Americanwolf (If you'll excuse me, I need to go to the can and drop an Obama)
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To: BGHater

Dolphin 1: I’ll bet you 50 clams you can’t jump over that boat over there.

Dolphin 2: Oh yeah? Watch this!


21 posted on 10/09/2008 9:25:47 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: mylife
Yeah they are found in the Fjord of Norway and Sweden
22 posted on 10/09/2008 9:25:54 PM PDT by Americanwolf (If you'll excuse me, I need to go to the can and drop an Obama)
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To: Americanwolf

;)


23 posted on 10/09/2008 9:26:42 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could be Farts)
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To: BGHater

It just goes to show you, it's always something...whether a Pseudo-Islamic Communist and his cronies are trying to take over your country or a dolphin lands in your lap while fishing...it's just like my grandma, Nana Roseannadanna used to say..."
24 posted on 10/09/2008 9:27:29 PM PDT by Blogger
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To: mylife

Yeah they are found in the Fjord of Norway and Sweden


25 posted on 10/09/2008 9:29:15 PM PDT by Americanwolf (If you'll excuse me, I need to go to the can and drop an Obama)
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To: Americanwolf
Do they have SPAM?

In the Fjords?

26 posted on 10/09/2008 9:29:38 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could be Farts)
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To: mylife
spam and eggs... spam and cheese.... I hear it is incredibly popular.....
27 posted on 10/09/2008 9:30:46 PM PDT by Americanwolf (If you'll excuse me, I need to go to the can and drop an Obama)
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To: BGHater

...A dolphin, or a porpoise??? I’ve heard 400 lbs dolphin is good for a rrrrrreal big fry up, or a trophy, a porpoise is, well, I hope they threw it back...


28 posted on 10/09/2008 9:31:46 PM PDT by gargoyle
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To: Americanwolf

What a remarkable world ;)


29 posted on 10/09/2008 9:32:02 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could be Farts)
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To: Americanwolf

Amazing what the Navy can do to train these animals. First it’s planting mines on ships, now it’s driving Fjords in Norway. Why not Chevys?


30 posted on 10/09/2008 9:32:13 PM PDT by chemicalman (I'm not voting for Obama. He has a funny sounding name.)
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To: BGHater
Hey, the wife and I were fishing in Crooked River next to King's Bay sub base a couple of months ago, and a pod of dolphins chugged by the dock a couple hundred yards out. Maybe this one was just trying to hitch a ride to catch up with the rest of them. If he does, tell him to find out where the hell all the drum and sheepshead went - we barely got a nibble.


31 posted on 10/09/2008 9:33:42 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Liberal dogma is just a moral and spiritual leper colony, looking for more victims to infect.)
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To: BGHater

I had a marlin go crazy one time that I had hooked that charged the boat, leaped over the transom and went back over the side of the boat and missed spearing my by about a foot.


32 posted on 10/09/2008 9:34:33 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: chemicalman

Ohhhh.....!!!

Badda bomp!


33 posted on 10/09/2008 9:34:37 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could be Farts)
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To: Viking2002

U stationed at Kings Bay or just enjoying the area?


34 posted on 10/09/2008 9:34:48 PM PDT by BGHater (The GOP, the new DNC.)
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To: chemicalman
The resale rates on chevys stinks in Norway... plus it is harder for them to pronounce
35 posted on 10/09/2008 9:35:02 PM PDT by Americanwolf (If you'll excuse me, I need to go to the can and drop an Obama)
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To: dalereed

Spearing yer what? ;)


36 posted on 10/09/2008 9:35:31 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could be Farts)
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To: mylife

“actually they are porpoises,”

They would all still be porpoises if it hadn’t been for that stupid movie Flipper!!!


37 posted on 10/09/2008 9:36:59 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: dalereed

Its “finny” because it’s true


38 posted on 10/09/2008 9:38:36 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could be Farts)
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To: mylife

The marlin darn near hit me in the chest on it’s trip over the boat.


39 posted on 10/09/2008 9:41:48 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: chemicalman
The resale rates on chevys stinks in Norway... plus it is harder for them to pronounce
40 posted on 10/09/2008 9:42:06 PM PDT by Americanwolf (If you'll excuse me, I need to go to the can and drop an Obama)
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To: BGHater
Nah - I'm ex-Army. (Nothing against the Navy, mind you.) The wife suggested it, since she hadn't been there since she was 13, I'd never been there before, it was a one-tank drive from the Viking lodge, and I'm enamoured with St. Augustine (I bet I know it almost as well as the locals by now). We got a 2 BR cottage in the state park, and brought some freeloaders with us. LOL. And those little black fiddler crabs everywhere make good bait. Too bad the weather sucked.


41 posted on 10/09/2008 9:43:03 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Liberal dogma is just a moral and spiritual leper colony, looking for more victims to infect.)
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To: dalereed

Not a good situation.

Did he it make good ceviche?


42 posted on 10/09/2008 9:43:06 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could be Farts)
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To: Viking2002
Yeah, nice area. Take a trip to Cumberland Island if you haven't yet.

I was gonna suggest Sonny's BBQ, but I'm guessing the Viking has already sacked and pillaged that before.

43 posted on 10/09/2008 9:45:57 PM PDT by BGHater (The GOP, the new DNC.)
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To: mylife

Personally I call porpoise the marlin protection society!

Three times when I was baiting a marlin with live bait i’ve had a porpoise charge the marlin and hit it in the side just before it took the bait.

Apparently their eyesight is extremely good and they either cold see the hook or the leader and knew what it was and kept the marlin from taking the bait.


44 posted on 10/09/2008 9:47:02 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: dalereed

Interesting critters.

I chalk this up to skippers error


45 posted on 10/09/2008 9:51:17 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could be Farts)
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To: mylife

“Did he it make good ceviche?”

Naw, I turned it loose after we boated it.

Of the over 200 that I’ve caught I’ve only boated 2, the first one and one that the mexican boat crew insisted on boating.

I didn’t know until later that there hadn’t been a marlin caught at the cape in over 10 days and that a camera crew from a rod and reel co. had offered a $100 reward for the first marlin brought in.


46 posted on 10/09/2008 9:55:15 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: BGHater
Viking also sacks and pillages a blackened mahi sammich from Harry's every chance he gets. And yeah, I believe you're referring to Sonny's over on the island. Been there, raped that, too. LOL The wife is San Sebastian port junkie, and Bill and Sunny take care of my Lizard Spit addiction at Mara's. (The Gator Spit will put lead in your pencil, too. LOL)


47 posted on 10/09/2008 9:56:15 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Liberal dogma is just a moral and spiritual leper colony, looking for more victims to infect.)
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To: dalereed

They make good ceviche


48 posted on 10/09/2008 9:56:26 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could be Farts)
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To: mylife

Yea but dolphin and wahoo are much better eating!


49 posted on 10/09/2008 9:58:33 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: dalereed

Yes they are!


50 posted on 10/09/2008 10:00:25 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could be Farts)
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