Sex-deprived dolphin Zafar terrorises tourists at French beach

Roger Lars, the Mayor of Landévennec, a commune in northwestern France, issued an ordinance that has banned swimming and diving into the village shoreline when the dolphin is around, The Telegraph reported yesterday, August 27.

The dolphin was not aggressive, but he had taken to trying to rub up against swimmers and boats, the local paper Le Telegramme reported. "Several bathers were really afraid, he even lifted up a woman bather with his snout", Lars told the local newspaper Ouest France. Swimmers must also stay at least 50 meters away from the mammal.

The new rules have been issued to ensure people's safety after Zafar's recent bad behaviour.

"It's been observed that dolphins and different whale species will rub themselves against objects with what appears to be some type of sexual satisfaction coming about", Hawkins said.

Lawyer Erwan Le Cornec told AFP filed a petition to overturn the restrictions on the grounds of administrative over-reach.

"This animal is not unsafe", he said. "You just don't do anything in his presence and don't go swimming with him if you're a bad swimmer".

'With this decree the mayor is trying to make out that the dolphin is nearly like a ferocious beast, something that is completely unpredictable, able to drown people'.

Dolphins, who are so intelligent some countries have classified them as non-human persons, are one of the few animals thought to have sex for pleasure.

A spokesperson from Oceanopolis, an aquarium in Brest, told Independent that people shouldn't get too close to a marine mammal at "full sexual maturity".

That said, experts feel the dolphin's desire for "fulfillment", while not out of the ordinary, can still be very harmful to humans.

"Several swimmers were frightened", he said.

Bejder said dolphins ramming into humans can lead to a variety of serious injuries, including broken arms, legs and ribs. "None." He said it was unfair to dolphins to present them as unsafe or unpredictable.

Lars was discussing the behavior of a local dolphin, Zafar.