Friendly dolphin gets Brittany beach closed
A mayor on France’s Brittany coast took the rare step of banning swimming for several days after a solitary frisky dolphin tried to get too close to bathers.
Roger Lars decided that it was safest to ban swimming and diving on the coast near Landévennec, where the over-friendly dolphin had been spotted.
He banned anyone getting closer than 50 metres to the rutting threemetre dolphin, whom locals nicknamed Zafar.
The dolphin was not aggressive, but he had taken to trying to rub up against swimmers and boats, the local paper Le Télégramme reported.
Zafar had enthusiastically sidled up to several swimmers who he had then prevented from reaching shore. One had to be rescued by boat.
“Several swimmers were very frightened,” the mayor told the paper Ouest-France.
Local media reported that the swimming ban lifted after Zafar moved away from the coast.