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Many probably know that these adorable creatures are some of the smartest animals in the world and have a complex form of communication. However, not everyone is aware that when it comes to hanky-panky dolphins throw off their cute masks and become fierce predators.
Swimmers in the English county of Cornwall have been urged to keep their distance from a dolphin that locals named Nick, The Sun reported. Several experts who spoke to the newspaper said the cetacean could be dangerous.
“Dolphins play with interesting things in the water and that can include people. They can get sexually aggressive and there is a chance that this dolphin will be loved and confused. middle of a herd of elephants That would be pretty confusing. It’s like Nick, surrounded by people, but dolphins are immensely powerful and therefore dangerous, “said Chris Packham, television naturalist.
The aquatic mammal was recently caught on camera playing with a group of people. One of the individuals told The Sun he “felt something push him from below.”
News of the dolphin’s flirtatious behavior prompted the local wildlife trust to issue a warning.
After the lone bottlenose dolphin Nick was seen in #Hayle wearing on Sundays while jumping and wading among the swimmers, we would like to remind everyone that Nick is still a wild animal and should be treated with respect and caution. 🐬⚠️
– Cornwall Wildlife Trust 〓〓 (@CwallWildlife) August 27, 2021
According to The Sun, this is not the first time Nick has been noticed in Cornwall. The cetacean was seen playing with swimmers last summer. Katheryn Wise of the World Animal Protection charity said dolphins are friendly creatures who often exhibit playful behavior, but warned people should always be vigilant.
“Solitary dolphins can use this behavior to form social bonds. This behavior can be aggravated if the dolphin becomes more and more accustomed to the presence of people. It is strongly advised to keep a safe distance in the water”, Wise said.
Dolphins are often compared to humans because we have several similarities. Besides being very intelligent, aquatic mammals are among the few creatures that display self-awareness and use tools to catch their prey. Like humans, they have sex not only to procreate, but also because, well, it feels good.
However, just like humans, when it comes to sex, dolphins sometimes display behavior that can be quite appalling.
Here’s a fact that will make you want to forget about those family outings to the aquatic zoo:
It’s no secret that in the wild males sometimes have to fight to win a female’s heart, but dolphins, especially bottlenose dolphins, have taken this to another level.
They form gangs and then effectively kidnap a woman. They then force her to have sex with them by starving and harassing the victim. Everything is done to “persuade” the female – head butts, bites and tails.
Dolphins are one of the animals that practice infanticide, i.e. both males and females kill their own babies when their partner is not interested in mating (you still want to go see dolphins in an aquatic zoo?).
Dolphins’ sexual appetite isn’t limited to the opposite sex, according to National Geographic, with males flirting with other males, and multiple reports suggest cetaceans have even had rumpy-pumpies with humans.
A 2015 documentary titled “Dolphin Lover” tells the story of journalist Malcolm Brenner, who, well, you see the picture…