RTL Today – Snitch dolphin: ‘Stay away’: Japanese bathers warned of dolphin bites

Swimmers in Japan’s Fukui region have been warned to stay away from a disgruntled dolphin accused of biting swimmers, with officials urging visitors to “watch from a distance”.

Beachgoers at the Central Region waterfront on Wednesday installed a device that emits ultrasonic frequencies in an effort to ward off the cantankerous creature, the city said.

A sign has been put up warning dolphin fans not to touch the animal.

Local media said at least 10 incidents involving dolphin bites have been recorded by attendants at the beach since it officially opened for the summer on July 9.

A local official told AFP that Fukui firefighters were called to two incidents, both involving men in their 40s who were swimming near the local beach.

Injuries have been minor so far, but local authorities have warned of “potentially serious injuries”.

“Dolphins tend to be considered cute, but if you approach wild dolphins recklessly, you could get bitten and injured,” police in Fukui Prefecture warned in a post on Twitter on Monday.

“If you see it, don’t go near it,” police said, citing the case of a man who was bitten on the hand on Sunday.

The city believes the series of attacks is the work of a single dolphin, which was first spotted near shore at another beach in April, department official Masaki Yasui told AFP. promoting tourism.

“We understand that there are certain parts of the body where dolphins don’t like to be touched, such as the tip of their nose and their back flipper,” Yasui said.

He said videos posted on Twitter showed swimmers trying to touch the dolphin in those areas.

“We encourage visitors to view the dolphin from a distance if they encounter it,” the official said.