Officials are warning divers, snorkelers, and swimmers in waters off Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands to avoid interacting with or feeding a solitary dolphin because it has been sexually aggressive toward humans and poses a great danger.
Simply stated, the dolphin nicknamed “Stinky” and “Humpy” is looking for love, and since there are no other dolphins around, it is targeting humans for intimacy. Seriously.
Videographer Michael Maes, his wife, and a friend were diving at Hepps Wall off West Bay in Grand Cayman last week when they encountered the frisky, amorous dolphin, which began “courting” the divers, according to cayCompass.com. Maes’ videotaped encounter is below. WARNING: It is sexual in nature; basically, it’s similar to what you’d see a dog doing to your leg, only far more dangerous.
The video has gone viral, though that was not Maes’ intent. For as funny as this story might sound, it is quite the contrary. Maes posted the video as a serious warning to others to get out of the water if they encounter the lone dolphin.
Maes explained on YouTube that the loner dolphin has been cruising local waters for four years, probably having been expelled from his pod for bad behavior. Encounters with the dolphin have become more and more aggressive. Maes believes it’s because the dolphin is now sexually mature and is sexually frustrated.
[So this] makes it a bad idea to actively seek contact with him because he could use you as a mate. (Dolphins are known for such behavior).
Dolphins are also know[n] to rape other dolphin [...] and humans.
If the Dolphin decides to use you as a (sex) toy, you don’t stand a chance.
These are animals with 500 pound[s] of pure muscle!
They could shoot you to the surface, gently or at fast speed, putting a SCUBA diver in peril due to lung overpressure.
They could grab you and take you down.
In my case “Stinky” tried to keep me down on the ground, which was, fortunately, only some 30 feet deep, next to a mini-wall of 85 feet depth.
So as I hardly had bottom-time and had plenty of Nitrox, my life wasn’t in danger from a DCI or Nitrox intoxication point of view.
But what if I were at the wall, which goes all the way down to 6,000 feet?
I think you know what I mean!
Since the dolphin can inadvertently injure or kill a diver, snorkeler, or swimmer–the dolphin has also been known to snap its jaws at people–the Cayman Islands Department of Environment advises the public to avoid entering the water to swim with the animal and to leave the water should it appear.
Feeding the animal and any other interaction will only worsen the problem and discourage the dolphin from hooking up with wild dolphins that occasionally pass through the area.
So if you’re heading to the Cayman Islands, consider yourself warned. Stay away from Stinky.