Zafar the Horny Dolphin seems to think interspecies love is the future; swimmers don't agree

A popular beach in France was forced to shut down because of a frisky dolphin who keeps rubbing up against people and boats


                            Zafar the Horny Dolphin seems to think interspecies love is the future; swimmers don't agree

A popular beach in Northwest France had to be closed down because of a frisky dolphin who would not stop rubbing itself on people. The beach in Landevennec, Brittany was closed down because of Zafar, the dolphin, who is often seen frolicking in that area. 

Schoolchildren are also often greeted by Zafar though Zafar now has some NSFW things in mind. As reported by the Telegraph, Zafar has started rubbing up on people, swimmers, kayaks, and also boats. It has been reported that Zafar has made multiple efforts to keep people underwater and uses his nose in order to push people out into the sea and away from the shore. This behavioral change started to show a couple of weeks ago. 

The dolphin has been exhibiting these behavioral changes for some weeks now (Source: Getty Images)
The dolphin has been exhibiting these behavioral changes for some weeks now (Source: Getty Images)

Roger Lars who is the mayor of Landevennec mayor released a statement which lays down laws about swimming in the area have now been changed. "Swimming and diving are banned on the village shoreline… whenever the presence of the dolphin is confirmed. Approaching within 50 meters of the dolphin is also forbidden. Several swimmers were frightened. He (Zafar) even lifted up a woman swimmer last Thursday with his nose," Lars continued. 

Le Telegramme, a regional newspaper in Brittany, reported that quite a few swimmers were prevented from reaching ashore by the apparently aroused dolphin. Lifeguards were forced to come to the rescue in one case. A spokesperson from Oceanopolis, an aquarium in Brest told Le Parisien that bathers should ”never [to] get too close to a marine mammal at full sexual maturity”.

Now Lars' decision has sparked a lot of outrage since the beach is very popular. Lawyer Erwan le Cornec is attempting to prepare a petition to overturn the ban and felt that the response to the sexually frustrated dolphin was much too drastic. According to Times Live, he shared, "How many accidents involving a dolphin and a human have occurred in the region of Finistere since the two species have lived side-by-side?" 

"None. With this decree the mayor is trying to make out that the dolphin is almost like a ferocious beast, something that is completely unpredictable, able to drown people," he continued. The ban was enforced on August 20 and states that no one is allowed to go swimming when the dolphin is spotted. Sami Hassani who is a marine specialist was in agreement with the ban and warned that the dolphin's tail fin was capable of doing some "serious damage". 

Zafar is around 10 feet long. Dolphins do not have a particular mating season but reproduce all year round.