Dolphin Tries To Escape From Its Tank (VIDEO)

07/13/2010 02:51 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

In a scene reminiscent of "Free Willy," a trained dolphin leaped from its tank in a Japanese aquarium during a performance in a dramatic escape attempt, Japan News Today reports.

The footage, shot by a tourist in early July at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, shows the dolphin surfacing with enough force to topple over the front of the tank onto the pavement below, much to the dismay of the trainers and audience members.

Aquarium staff later returned the dolphin to its tank via crane.

See footage of the dolphin's foiled escape attempt here: