A man who had sex with a captive dolphin at a Florida amusement park in the 1970s claims in a new documentary that the affair took place because the marine mammal seduced him.
Malcolm Brenner, now 63, says that he fell for bottlenose dolphin Dolly at the now-defunct Floridaland theme park in Sarasota, Florida, after the animal’s amorous advances.
Brenner told his side of the story of their year-long affair again in Dolphin Love, a new film which premiered last week at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah — an edgier alternative to the more famous Sundance film festival. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Malcolm Brenner, (left in 2014 and right in 1971 with Dolly) has admitted pursuing a sexual relationship with a bottlenose dolphin in 1970s Florida.
2. In new film, Dolphin Lover, which premiered this week, Brenner discusses his taboo relationship.
In the fifteen-minute Dolphin Love, Brenner says:
I started rubbing her along her back, working my way to her flukes — her tail. And as I was rubbing her and moving my hand towards her tail, Dolly was slowly rolling around her long axis.
Fusion reports that Brenner then went on to describe the sex in more detail, while an “animated interpretation” of the encounter was shown.
In previous interviews about his affair with the dolphin, which he also turned into a novel titled Wet Goddess, Brenner has claimed that the relationship was consensual and lasted for a year.
Last year, Brenner told The Daily Mirror:
There’s something quite transcendental about making love with a dolphin. The dolphin is very aware, the dolphin is an intelligent and creative creature and making love is a consummate act.
Brenner added that their affair began when Dolly “announced her intentions to me by positioning herself so I was rubbing against her”.
3. Brenner has previously described how he was trusted to be alone with the dolphins, and waited until after nightfall to have sex with Dolly.
4. Dolly, pictured above during a show, lived at the Flordialand theme park in Sarasota.
Brenner then described how he was often left alone with Dolly and the other dolphins, whom he was photographing. This allowed him to sneak off with Dolly after closing time to have sex.
In another interview, Brenner said:
It’s like being with a tiger or a bear. This is an animal that could kill you in two seconds if it wanted to.
Brenner’s blog tells us that the screening of the film was “well-received” by its initial audience, and no one walked out.
Brenner describes the sex animation in the new film as “beautiful”, adding that it is “oddly accurate, without being graphic or vulgar”.
5. The park no longer exists, but used to offer sea-life shows, as well as steamboat trips such as the one shown above.
6. Margaret Howe Lovatt, who had sex with a dolphin called Peter, above, in 1963, has also opened up about her relationship (story here).
Brenner adds that some animators turned down the project when they learned about the film’s controversial content. His acts would be illegal today, but Florida only enacted a law banning bestiality in 2011, so his encounter in 1971 would not be covered.
Unsurprisingly, filmmakers Kareem Tabsch and Joey Daoud have defended their film, noting that Brenner’s experience is “unique” and an “appealing” subject for a documentary.
The filmmakers told The Miami New Times:
However uncomfortable it can be as a subject matter, what Malcolm experienced is unique and very real and very serious to him.
He is a member of a community (zoophiles) who live on the outermost fringes of society.
Their reality is something most of us can not comprehend, relate to or know much about- all of that makes it all the more appealing to me as a subject to tackle.
Here is Malcolm Brenner on his love affair with Dolly the dolphin:
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