Loner dolphin becomes a problem in the Caymans

Michael Maes has posted a video of an encounter with a sexually confused young male dolphin on YouTube. “Stinky” as he is known, has been frequenting dive sites around the Cayman Islands for the last four or so years, and is well known for fairly aggressive attempts to mate with divers. The behavior is likely to be due to the fact that as a “loner” dolphin he is seeking a mate, and in the absence of any female dolphins to court, is seeking alternatives. It can be quite dangerous, as he is a big powerful animal, and if he is observed in the area, the best alternative is not to enter the water. If he is encountered whilst diving, end the dive and exit.