The Dolphin And The Woman Who Had Sexual Encounters



The 60’s are famous for the weird and wonderful, and this story fits the boot perfectly.

For 10 weeks in 1965, on a villa overlooking the Caribbean, Dr John C. Lilly, a neurologist, tried to teach a dolphin to speak English. 

His 23-year-old-assistant, Margaret Howe, would live, day and night, with Peter, a bottle-nose dolphin. They would eat, bathe, sleep and play together in complete isolation.

What nobody was expecting was for Peter to fall in love – sexual and romantic love – with his teacher.

For preparations on the experiment they flooded the villa, and the only desk space Margaret was able to use had to be suspended from a ceiling.  Margaret completely submerged herself into Peter the dolphins conditions. She lived with him for 6 days a week, eating only tinned food and wearing extra thick leotards for cold evenings.


Margaret and Peter play in the flooded villa

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