Subject: Case Study: Killer Dolphin Update

Michael Williamson (whe_william)
Mon, 14 Dec 1994 18:49:18

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"Killer" dolphin granted pardon in Brazil
     RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuter) - A dolphin that killed a
swimmer last week and has injured at least eight others will
remain free, a mayor from a town near the site of the attacks
ruled Monday.
     "He's been with us for five months and the town does not
want him to go," said a spokeswoman for the mayor of
Caraguatatuba on the Sao Paulo coast. "He could become quite a
tourist attraction. He's normally very gentle."
     Tiao, a 10-foot-long, 550-pound male bottlenose dolphin, hit
the headlines last week when he butted two swimmers, one of whom
died from internal bleeding. Over the weekend, the dolphin
attacked a further seven people, injuring one of them seriously.
     Witnesses have said the swimmers were mistreating the
dolphin before the attacks occurred.
     Local businessmen, fearing the attacks could drive tourists
from the town, demanded Tiao be removed. The mayor opted instead
to warn swimmers not to approach the dolphin.
     Volunteers will also keep a dawn-to-dusk vigil to make sure
swimmers do not get too close.
     "The sea is his natural habitat, not ours, and we have to
respect that," said Jose Luiz Roma, the head of a government
environmental protection agency office in the area.
     Roma said it was normal for male dolphins to spend months on
their own at beaches where fish are in abundant supply.
     "But one day he'll spot a passing school (of dolphin) and
he'll be off," Roma said.