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Two men were cuffed on Saturday for allegedly "harassing" Dave the dolphin - a lone cetacean who's been wowing the crowds at Sandgate in Folkstone since taking up residence in Kent waters a year ago. According to Reuters, officers arrested the pair, aged 25 and 26, following "numerous emergency calls from the public" that they …

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Anonymous Coward

Possible error in your report?

Why would they have shouted "did you spill my pint, you bottle-nosed c**t?"; obviously, if he is swimming near to Kent he must be a Common Dolphin, not a Bottlenose!

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Anonymous Coward

common or bottlenose....

but let's face it, guys in kent get confused between women and dogs when choosing girlfriends in kent anyway, how're they going to differentiate between the different types of dolphin?

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Calling Tiao

If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire..

They were hitting and abusing Tiao even dragging him up the beach and sticking ice cream sticks in his blow hole. 2 life threatening propeller cuts and numerous Jet Ski incidents later.

Tiao killed one man causing massive internal hemorrhaging

Tiao took ou twenty nine other bathers with minor injuries

Tiao broke another mans ribs.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/insideout/south/series1/lone-dolphins.shtml

http://www.science-frontiers.com/sf101/sf101b07.htm

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Possible irony?

Because of course you'd expect the residents of Kent to know the difference between common and bottle-nosed varieties?

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Irony?

Kaiserb_uk - I would certainly expect people from Kent to recognise something that is common. (Ha Ha. I made a funny.)

Seriously though, why would you harass a dolphin? Jet skiing at it etc is really nasty. What a bunch of twunts. they should all have the book thrown at them - if this were a gorilla, appart from them being dead-by-gorilla, they would be awaiting court right now. I chose gorilla because they have a similar mental level - problem solving abilities, able to learn basic communication etc.

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Learn from the past... protect your dolphin.

Waaaayyyy back in the 1950s (1955) in New Zealand, a young (they think it was underage, and hadn't been weaned before losing its mother) bottlenose dolphin visited the town of Opononi.

This dolphin, called Opo by the locals, was very gentle, and loved interacting with humans. In over four months, during summer, no person was ever injured by Opo.

A group of children once formed a ring (by linking hands), into which Opo swam in, tossed a ball in the air, and swam out.

National protection was requested for Opo, which was granted. However, on the night she was granted official protection, Opo vanished.

Two days later she was found, dead, her body wedged between rocks.

It is the opinion of many that she was scared by a gelignite blast (gelignite was often used to stun fish - they'd float to the surface and be collected). Such an underwater blast would have concussed her, and ruined her echo location ability.

This theory is likely because Opo was in the habit of staying near humans - even the ones in boats.

What is uncertain is whether the blast was deliberate - many think it was, since the entire town knew Opo's habits.

So protect your friendly dolphin.

For more info about Opo, see http://www.teara.govt.nz/1966/O/Opo/Opo/en

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