(DOLPHINS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEO) A female bottlenose dolphin, who was separated from her pod off the coast of Australia two years ago, is now a regular sighting for beachgoers near Sydney.
The dolphin was abandoned after she became trapped in the Sussex Inlet in September 2012. Wildlife officials stepped in to help, but she never returned to her pod. After several months, rangers intervened once again out of fear the dolphin became too accustomed to humans. But neither of their attempts could dissuade the dolphin from staying so close to shore.
She regularly seeks out human friends and loves playing with local surfers and swimmers. But while her friendly nature is absolutely adorable, the dolphin’s fondness toward humans has wildlife experts worried.
“Although this dolphin does seem to actively seek out human interaction we are becoming more and more concerned about the number of people swimming with it at once, and of reports of people attempting to ride the animal, poke it and feed it,” Sydney Harbour Area Manager Michael Treanor said.
“Ultimately, if that happens the animal may need to be taken into captivity, which is not what anyone wants and what we have been working so hard to avoid,” he continued.
For now, wildlife services are advising swimmers to leave the dolphin alone—regardless of whether or not she instigates interaction. — Global Animal