‘It Was Sensuous,’ Says Woman Who Made Love with Dolphin

by Owen James Burke


“Peter liked to be… with me. He would rub himself on my knee, my foot or my hand and I allowed that.”

In the 1960s, Margaret Howe Lovatt spent 10 weeks working with NASA on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas to attempt to teach dolphins to speak English so that, you know, they could report on all subsea happenings to the CIA. Well, maybe that hasn’t happened yet, but Lovatt (then Howe) did engage in a rather special relationship with one adolescent dolphin who was of course named ‘Peter.’ For the first time in decades, Lovatt recently sat down with the BBC to discuss the affair.


“I wasn’t uncomfortable – as long as it wasn’t too rough.”

“It was just easier to incorporate that and let it happen, it was very precious and very gentle…It was sexual on his part – it was not sexual on mine, sensuous perhaps.”


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