A visit to Sea World took a nasty turn for a little girl after a dolphin latched onto her arm while she was feeding it scraps of fish.
Jillian Thomas, 8, was feeding the dolphins with her younger brother at Sea World in Orlando, Florida on November 21, as her father Jamie Thomas filmed with a video camera.
The footage shows the little girl lift up a paper plate saying "mum I'm out of fish".
But as she waves the plate near the pool a dolphin leaps up, grabs her arm and begins to drag her back into the water.
Mr Thomas told the Orlando Sentinel he was shocked when he saw what was happening.
"The first thing I thought was I would have to jump in the water and save my daughter's life," he said.
"I literally thought she was going to be pulled into the water."
Luckily the little girl only suffered three puncture wounds on her arm and a swollen hand.
Sea World officials said a member of the health-services team treated Jillian after the incident and they are taking the matter seriously.
But Jillian's mother Amy Thomas said she believes SeaWorld officials "downplayed" the incident and was surprised a manager did not come to talk to them after her daughter was bitten.
Visitors to the park are warned not to move the paper tray holding fish from the edge of the pool and not to touch the dolphin's head.
It is not the first time a visitor has had a nasty brush with a dolphin at Sea World Orlando.
In 2006 two adults had to pry open a dolphin's jaw after it grabbed a seven-year-old child.