A new BBC documentary tells the story of a woman who claims that a dolphin fell in love with her in the 1960s.
Margaret Howe was an animal researcher and took part in an experiment in which scientists attempted to teach dolphins to speak English. During the study, Howe met a dolphin named Peter, and as she describes in the documentary, Peter was “sexually coming of age” at the time.
“Peter liked to be... with me,” said Howe. “He would rub himself on my knee, my foot or my hand and I allowed that. I wasn't uncomfortable - as long as it wasn't too rough. In the beginning I would put him on the elevator and say you go play with the girls for a day. It was just easier to incorporate that and let it happen, it was very precious and very gentle, Peter was right there, he knew that I was right there."
As their relationship became stronger, Howe claims that Peter not only learned how to speak, but he learned how to express himself sexually.
“It was sexual on his part - it was not sexual on mine, sensuous perhaps,” said Howe. “It would just become part of what was going on like an itch, just get rid of that we'll scratch and we would be done and move on. I was there to get to know Peter, that was part of Peter."
The experiment later ended, and Margaret said that despite many interview requests over the years, she has barely spoken to anyone about her time with Peter. Now, in the BBC documentary that airs on June 17 called “The Girl Who Talked To Dolphins," Howe finally opens up about the controversial experiment and her relationship with Peter.