photo by Loren Javier (Flickr CC)

A dolphin has spent several days apparently hiding out in Orange County, California’s Bolsa Chica wetlands reserve.

When rescue workers on paddleboards attempted to persuade the dolphin to return to the open sea on Saturday, it was driven back into the wetlands by a group of dolphin bullies. On Friday, it was human spectators who scared the dolphin back into the reserve. Marine experts are now recommending that the dolphin be left alone rather than encouraged to leave and be exposed to the intimidating dolphin group. It can feed on fish in the wetlands and is able to find its own way out, should it decide to go.

The dolphin has been affectionately dubbed ‘Freddie’ by local media, always on the lookout for a distracting bit of human-interest journalism. And here I am contributing to the fluff.

But there are some interesting points to this story. Such as the idea that dolphins, like humans, can also be assholes.


He was scared, he was intimidated, he was bullied. [Dolphins] can be very aggressive toward each other. They’re not the sweet, loving, gentle animals portrayed by the movies and the cartoons. They do have a dark side.

–Peter Wallerstein, director, Marine Animal Rescue, California

Check out the below local news video report from Huntington Beach, California and read more on the story in the Los Angeles Times.

About The Author: Graham Land

Greenfudge editor and London-based writer Graham Land grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where he was part of the local hardcore punk scene, playing in several bands. Through this musical movement he became involved in grass roots interests such as anti-racist activism, animal rights and Ecology. In 2000 he relocated to Europe, eventually earning an MA from Malmö University in Sweden. He has also lived in Japan, Ireland, Portugal and Greece.


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