A female animal researcher has admitted to sex with a male dolphin during a 1960s NASA-funded experiment.
Margaret Howe Lovatt was stationed on the U.S. Virgin Islands as part of a NASA experiment to teach the intelligent mammals how to communicate.
She revealed in an upcoming BBC documentary that it was in 1963 when a house was flooded to turn it into a dolphinarium, allowing researchers to study the animals at close quarters, according to the Daily Mirror.
One of them, nicknamed Peter, was a sexually maturing adolescent.
“Peter liked to be … with me. He would rub himself on my knee, my foot or my hand and I allowed that,” she 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.”
Lovatt claims the sex play became a regular part of her studies, adding, “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.”
The nature of their relationship caused a scandal and rumors grew about experiments of dolphins suffering drug abuse with LSD tests.