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Leaping Florida Dolphin Strikes Woman

EDGEWATER, Fla. (AP) - An Ohio woman is recovering after being
struck by a leaping dolphin along the Atlantic coast of central
Florida.

The Coast Guard says witnesses called 911 Thursday morning after
seeing the dolphin jump out of the Intracoastal Waterway and hit
Barbara Howard of Mansfield, Ohio. Howard was sitting in the
18-foot boat with her husband, their daughter and their daughter's
boyfriend.

The Howards estimate the dolphin was at least 8 feet long and
had jumped about 6 feet in the air onto the bow of the boat. They
say it slid in their laps and its thrashing tail knocked them down.
Their daughter's boyfriend rolled the dolphin back into the water.

The Howards were treated at a hospital for cuts and bruises.

Information from: Daytona Beach News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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