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By TIMES WIRES
Published August 22, 2006


His souvenir of dolphin encounter: sore thumb

A Port Orange boy celebrating his birthday with a sleepover at SeaWorld Orlando was bitten on the hand by a dolphin he was petting. Sunday's incident was the second time in three weeks that a dolphin bit a child at popular Dolphin Cove. It took two adults to pry the dolphin's mouth open so 7-year-old Hunter Hovan Quidor's hand could be freed, said his mother, Hollie Bethany. The bite left Hunter's right thumb bruised and swollen. "It felt painful," Hunter said. "He was pressing harder every time I yanked." SeaWorld spokeswoman Becca Bides blamed an overexcited 3-year-old dolphin. "We do have animals that, as animals of any age and even humans, they get excited and get rambunctious," Bides said. The incident didn't dampen Hunter's enthusiasm: He plans to pet a dolphin again - just a different one.

'Leaping sturgeon' signs may be in order

If you are ever down upon the Suwannee River this time of year, watch for jumping sturgeons. They hurt. One such jumper injured two boaters near Sun Springs Saturday, reports the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It knocked 9-year-old Cheyenne Russ of Lake City out of the boat and broke an unidentified fellow passenger's arm. The commission will post signs "explaining the risk of impacts with these fish," said Maj. Bruce Hamlin. "This is the sixth reported sturgeon strike this summer. We want to make the public aware that these fish are in the Suwannee and they do jump. We recommend boaters reduce their speed to reduce the risk of impact." Sturgeon winter in the Gulf of Mexico and enter the Suwannee in the summer and fall to spawn. They can grow to 8 feet in length and weigh up to 200 pounds. They are a protected species, so if you catch one, don't keep it.

In the case of Girlie Mag vs. Girlie Club ...

Even a magazine featuring scantily clad women has to draw the line somewhere. The publishers of Maxim are suing Maxxim's Men's Club and Steakhouse in Tampa, claiming trademark infringement. In the federal suit filed Friday, Dennis Publishing accuses the club at 1801 West Shore Blvd. of suggesting a link through its name and promotional material that looks like the magazine. The magazine's reputation has been tarnished by association with a strip club where "female employees perform lewd and sexually explicit dances," says the suit, demanding that club owner Eugene O'Steen give up the name and pay damages.

CORRECTION

- A 5-foot-tall fake elephant that greeted a GOP convention site selection committee was a noninflatable latex and fiber creation. A headline Monday described it incorrectly.

[Last modified August 21, 2006, 23:38:02]


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