10:15 AM EST, December 3, 2012
A little girl got the fright of her life after a dolphin at SeaWorld chomped down on her arm. The dolphin looked like it was going to pull her into the water.
Eight-year-old Jillian Thomas and her family spoke about the terrifying moment on Good Morning America.
"It really, really hurt,” said Jillian.
Her dad Jamie said he thought the dolphin was going to pull her under.
"It was an instant fear. I thought, 'Wow, I may have to lunge at and pull the dolphin, or pull her, or get physically involved," he said.
Jillian suffered three puncture wounds to her hand. It happened when she held up an empty container that had held small fish to feed the dolphins.
SeaWorld guests in Orlando are told not to dangle the container in front of dolphins.
Jillian's dad said he posted the video to show how dangerous it can be to feed dolphins. There are other videos online that show how unpredictable the beloved sea creatures can be.
The same thing happened to another little girl in 2010.
SeaWorld released a statement: "Educators and animal care staff are always on-site at this area, monitoring all interactions and are committed to guest safety."
Jillian, who wants to train dolphins when she grows up, says she is praying for the dolphin that attacked her. She's afraid it ate the container and might get sick.