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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.

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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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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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"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.


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

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