Woman Reveals She Had A Sexual Relationship With A Dolphin

“It was very precious. It was very gentle,” Margaret Howe says of the relationship she had with Peter, a bottlenose dolphin.

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.

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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.

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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.

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As for how that might work, the documentary tells Howe would relieve Peter’s desires herself manually.

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4. “He would rub himself up on my knee, or my foot, or my hand, or whatever,” Howe revealed. “And I allowed that — I wasn’t uncomfortable with that, as long as it wasn’t too rough.”

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5. “It would just become part of what was going on, like an itch, just get rid of that, scratch it, and we’ll be done and move on.”

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6. When the lab closed after the experiment ended, Peter was shipped back to Miami, where his health quickly deteriorated. His veterinarian, Andy Williamson, said that he died of a broken heart.

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7. Watch the full clip here:

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Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.
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