TAMPA (FOX 13) - It only takes a second, but a visitor to SeaWorld Orlando learned the hard way to keep your valuables away from the touch tank.
On Sunday, video caught by another park-goer shows a dolphin reaching up and out of a tank and snagging a woman's iPad right out of her hands. As if that wasn't unusual enough, the dolphin appeared to swim around jubilantly afterward.
"She was definitely upset. She tried to snatch her iPad out the water as soon as possible," said Kuadiel Gomez, who recorded the dolphin encounter on his camera.
Gomez, of Wesley Chapel, is a season pass holder at SeaWorld. He told FOX 13 he was waiting to record a video of his 14-month-old son petting the dolphins when he noticed one of the animals peering up at a woman whose gaze was locked on her device. He said he started recording early, sensing something was about to happen.
His video captured the woman's stunned expression as the dolphin dragged her iPad into the water, then splashed the crowd seconds later with a fellow dolphin.
"I couldn't believe what was happening right in front of me," said Gomez. "They're usually kind of friendly and just swimming around. They go on the ledge every now and then, but that day, I don't know, they seemed like they didn't want to get petted that much or touched."
Gomez said, since posting the video on Facebook, it has been shared and viewed millions of times worldwide.
"I'm glad it reached as many people as its reached to make them smile and laugh, because I know I was laughing the whole time," said Gomez.
There was no word on the fate of the iPad, by the way.