They Call Him Flipper: Dolphin Body-Slams Paddle-Boarder

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

You thought that dolphins were smart, friendly creatures that love humans? This video of a guy being body-slammed off a paddleboard by a dolphin might change your mind.

As the video shows, a pod of dolphins is cruising through a wave when one jumps out of the water, smacks the paddle-boarder right off his board and then continues swimming like nothing even happened.

The amazing event was caught on camera in Gracetown, a coastal town around 270 km south of the Western Australian capital Perth. You can hear the sharp intake of breath by the person filming as the dolphin throws the body-check.

The paddle-boarding 'victim', a 54-year-old man named Andrew Hill, took the whole thing in stride, telling Australia's 7 News:

"One of them for some reason decided to jump out of the water and took me out quite well, in a fairly legal hit on the shoulder, I think."

The dolphins were fishing at the time, so perhaps Hill was perceived as a threat to their dinner, or to the rest of the pod.

Or, just possibly, one of the dolphin's pod mates just dared it to take out the human.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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