Return-path: <WHE_WILLIAM@flo.org> Received: from flo.org by VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU (PMDF V4.3-10 #8767) id <01HKN6FDRGHS00AI09@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU>; Wed, 14 Dec 1994 18:34:06 -0500 (EST) Date: Wed, 14 Dec 1994 18:40:54 -0500 (EST) From: Michael Williamson <WHE_WILLIAM@flo.org> Subject: Case Study: Killer Dolphin Update To: whalenet@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU Message-id: <email@example.com> Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT From: SMTP%"MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET" 14-DEC-1994 17:31:16.34 To: WHE_WILLIAM CC: Subj: ''Killer'' dolphin granted Date: Wed, 14 Dec 1994 03:17:00 UTC Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Sender: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Comments: Warning -- original Sender: tag was rbaird@SOL.UVIC.CA From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: ''Killer'' dolphin granted X-To: email@example.com To: Multiple recipients of list MARMAM <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> "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.