Ex-NASA Researcher Confesses To Intimate Relationship With Dolphin Test-Subject
Former NASA researcher Margaret Howe Lovatt recently disclosed certain well-hidden details about the nature of her relationship with Peter the dolphin, the subject of a NASA-funded study five decades ago.
During a 1960s NASA-funded study on dolphin-human communication in the U.S Virgin Islands, Howe Lovatt was living in a house with a 22-inch pool on the ground floor. She slept on a makeshift bed on an elevator platform in the middle of the room and did her work on a desk suspended from the ceiling and hanging over the water. During this time, she claims that she routinely had relations with her young adolescent dolphin.
"Peter liked to be... with me. He would rub himself on my knee, my foot or my hand and I allowed that," Lovatt said.
"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, Peter was right there, he knew that I was right there...it was sexual on his part, not sexual on my part."
Lovatt claims that performing manual arousal on Peter became an easy fix to his sexual urges, and helped him focus on the studies for which she needed his cooperation during the day. "It would just become part of what was going on, like an itch, just get rid of that scratch and we would be done and move on... It seemed to me that it made the bond closer. Not because of the sexual activity, but because of the lack of having to keep breaking. And that's really all it was. I was there to get to know Peter. That was part of Peter."
The clip above is from the much-anticipated BBC documentary about Margaret Howe's time with Peter in the flooded house. "The Girl who talked to Dolphins: the most extraordinary story in the history of animal science" will be released next Tuesday, June 17th.