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Last Updated: Wednesday September 19 2007 18:16 GMT

Dolphin makes friends with humans

Findol

A playful dolphin has been making friends with boat crews in south west England.

Findol - as the creature has been nicknamed - has been swimming up to sailors and lifeboat crews, rolling over and letting them tickle his belly.

Experts say that this type of behaviour is unusual, but not unheard of.

Dolphins usually swim in groups, but occasionally one gets separated - often if the others have rejected it - and seeks contact with humans.

Findol stuck around long enough to be pictured playing with the Penlee lifeboat crew off the Cornish coast.

One crew member said: "He was very friendly, he came right up against the boat and let us stroke him."

Famous

Findol is the latest in a line of famous friendly dolphins.

In the 1970s, Donald was well-known to fishermen in north Cornwall.

In the 1980s, Percy became a big attraction at Portreath, also in north Cornwall, and another friendly dolphin called Fungie was first spotted in south west Ireland.



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