A wild porpoise causes a stir in northwestern France.
After weeks of pleasure among beachgoers near the Breton city of Brest, the dolphin – nicknamed Zafar – has officials who are worried that the mammal might be trying to get close to the floats, the BBC reports.
The cheerful antics of the overzealous dolphin prompted the mayor of Landévennec to ban swimming and diving on the local beaches.
"I have issued this ban to ensure people's safety," said Mayor Roger Lars.
According to local news site Le Télégramme, Zafar has not been aggressive with beachgoers, but the 10-foot-long dolphin has been reported against swimmers and boats, the BBC has reported.
The dolphin was also in the center of several reported incidents. Last month, a swimmer had to be rescued when Zafar did not let her return to the coast. A Spanish vacationer complained about being "confronted" by Zafar, who "really wanted to interact". Another kayaker said that the dolphin jumped over his head and recently threw a bather into the air with his nose.
said the mayor The ban is enforced everywhere where the presence of the dolphin is confirmed, and it is not allowed to approach the animal closer than 50 meters.
An expert from the Brester Aquarium said the dolphin could do some damage to its caudal fin. Others, such as the Breton lawyer Erwan Le Cornec, said the ban was exaggerated.
"How many accidents have there been with a dolphin in Finistère since our two species existed? None," he complained.