Members of the veterans service organization Wounded Warrior Project took a detour during an annual South Florida bike ride to swim with the dolphins.
Dozens of veterans spent the day at the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon on Saturday. They has the opportunity to learn some training techniques before joining the animals in the water.
“It was like giving a puppy to a roomful of kids. We all just wanted to touch it, play with it,” said Wounder Warrior Neil Boekel. “We just wanted its attention as much as it wanted ours. It’s kind of funny; we all just turned into big goobers, playing with the dolphin in the water, really.”