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article imageCouple bitten in dolphin swim program said it was like 'Jaws'

By Elizabeth Batt     Dec 5, 2012 in Environment
Isla Mujeres - A Swedish couple honeymooning in Cancun, Mexico, were left terrified after being attacked by a dolphin during a swim-with-the-dolphins session held at a marine park.
According to the Norwegian website VG Nett, Sabina Cadbrand (26) and Christofer Stenström (30) were attacked by a dolphin named Picasso when they joined six other tourists in a swim-with-the-dolphins (SWTD program) at Dolphin Park, Isla Mujeres in Mexico.
According to Sweden's Aftonbladet, the eight people were told by the dolphin trainer to splash the water and have the dolphins reciprocate. All was well at first said Cadbrand, until a young woman screamed that she had been bitten.
A few seconds later, a middle-aged woman was bitten by the same dolphin who then turned its attention to Cadbrand and bit her on the thigh. Picasso returned once more to attack the middle-aged woman and then began to head back towards Cadbrand. The Swedish tourist told Aftonbladet that she screamed at the dolphin trainer, to get his attention.
He "just looked confused" said Cadbrand who described the scene as one of "panic", and everybody screaming. Cadbrand's husband Christofer Stenström, said it was like a "scene taken from the movie Jaws" except these were dolphins he added.
People who had been bitten were bleeding when they left the pool explained Sabina Cadbrand. One woman's injury was so significant that she required a wheelchair for her trip to the hospital. The park said it could not explain what had happened, but did issue a full refund to the parties involved.
It was the second dolphin attack reported by the media in less than a week. On Dec. 1, Digital Journal reported an attack on eight-year-old Jillian Thomas. Thomas was feeding a dolphin at SeaWorld Orlando when it partially launched out of the water and grabbed the girl's hand.
Captured on video by the girl's parents, the incident soon went viral and served to highlight the lack of regulations and oversight regarding human interaction with captive cetaceans.
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