Although it is said that we often can’t help whom we love and fall in love with, the same can’t be said about a love story between a human and an animal.
In the event of sexual attraction between a human being and an animal, the dopamine and mushy feelings can’t be blamed on the inability to “think right” in the face of love.
Although the subject of our story today denied every sexual attraction to the animal in question, on her part, the fact remains that Margaret Howe Lovatt engaged in sensual activities with a dolphin that was the object of her science experiment.
We promise you that this story will rank top on your list of weird, disturbing true stories. At the end of the story, you can tell us what your most cringe-worthy parts of the story were. Settle into your seatbelts as you are in for a ride.
10 /10 Margaret Howe Lovatt
Lovatt was born Margaret C Howe in 1942. She is known for her controversial experiment where she tried teaching a dolphin (named Peter) to understand and mimic human speech.
The investigation and her problematic relationship with the dolphin were documented in Christopher Riley’s documentary, The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins.
At 79, Lovatt currently volunteers as a naturalist. She married a photographer who took pictures of her researches on dolphins, and they had three daughters together.
9 /10 What Inspired Lovatt's Experiment?
Lovatt has been an animal lover since she was only a kid. Influenced by the book about a talking cat given to her by her mother in her childhood, Lovatt grew fascinated with talking animals.
When she grew older, in 1964, she set out to teach a dolphin speech. The experiment with the 6-year-old bottlenose dolphin was scheduled for ten weeks, but a lot more happened within that time frame, as you will get to know in a sec!