A dolphin in Landévennec (not shown) is rubbing up against boats, canoes and swimmers, ask the mayor to build a pool in the ban.
More than 50 years after Flipper swam into our hearts, another bottlenose dolphin is now trying for our pants.
The officials in the sea community of Landévennec imposed a ban on swimming on the beach after a particularly amorous dolphin has been terrifying tourists with its unwanted expressions of affection.
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The “sexually frustrated” bottlenose dolphin who the locals have nicknamed “Zafar,” has reportedly rubbing up against small boats and trying to push swimmers out of the water during the “often clearly in a state of sexual arousal,” according to The Telegraph.
“Swimming and diving are prohibited on village of shoreline… when the presence of the dolphin is confirmed,” reads a new annex published by Landévennec Mayor Roger Lars, according to the Telegraph. “Approaching within 50 metres of the dolphin is also prohibited.”
“I took this decision to preserve the safety of the people,” Lars told Ouest-France. “The swimmers were very frightened. [Zafar] even raised a bader, last Thursday, with his nose.”
On the photo: Also not Zafar. But judging by that look in his eyes, it is probably best to stay away from these, also.
(Sylvain Cordier/Gamma Raphovia via Getty Images)
Another local report, published in Le Telegramme, says Zafar had prevented a woman to return to the coast for so long, that she needed to be rescued by a boat.
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Zafar is not really new to the port near Brest. The locals have spotted him swimming there for months, and the interaction — calm and innocent — with students and sailors to a few weeks ago.
Dolphin researchers who spoke with The Washington Post added that Zafar’s behavior is not all that out of the ordinary for a “solitary social dolphin” in his situation, because he is separated from his species and now longs for a “social accomplishment” of the man.
A local attorney has even threatened to the village of ban annulled, with the argument that in cases of dolphin-related injuries are extremely rare, and that Lars is just trying to “make the dolphins look like ferocious beasts.
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That said, experts believe that the dolphin’s desire for “fulfillment”, while not out of the ordinary, still can be very harmful for the man.
“The dolphin is a wild mammal, lives in a [group] normally, with a precise social rules [and] still in contact, rubbing against boats, or people,” says Sami Hassani, a marine mammal specialist, who spoke to Ouest-France.
“Without pain, a blow of the tail fin can do a lot of damage,” he added to Le Telegramme.