1. According to a new BBC documentary The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins, neurologist John C. Lilly ran a NASA-funded experiment in the 1960s to teach a 6-year-old bottlenose dolphin, Peter, to speak English.
2. His assistant was 23-year-old Margaret Howe, who lived on Saint Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands with Peter. They would eat, sleep, and play together in complete isolation.
3. “Peter liked to be … with me,” Howe says in the documentary. Eventually she said she began to have a sexual relationship with Peter, because otherwise he wouldn’t pay attention to her lessons.
As for how that might work, the documentary tells Howe would relieve Peter’s desires herself manually.