Malcolm Brenner, 60, wrote “Wet Goddess,” a new book about a man’s nine-month sexual relationship with a dolphin — an affair that bears “a striking degree of resemblance” to his own interspecies romance.
The author claims he started his relationship with a dolphin named Dolly back in 1970, when he was in his early 20s. Brenner was a sophomore at New College of Florida in Sarasota. A writer hired Brenner to take photographs for a children’s book about the dolphin show at an amusement park in nearby Nokomis. He was given free access to the park and introduced to the staff.
Initially, “she became more and more aggressive,” said Brenner, who lives in Punta Gorda, Fla. “She would thrust herself against me.”But over time, Dolly became more gentle, he claimed.
“I found that extraordinarily erotic,” Brenner said. “It’s like being with a tiger or a bear. This is an animal that could kill you in two seconds if it wanted to.”
After about nine months, the Floridaland amusement park was sold to become housing.
His college sweetheart was shipped off to an oceanarium in Gulfport, Miss., while he said he enrolled in Evergreen State College in Washington.
The Huffington Post has been unable to verify his account of the affair with Floridaland officials; the park closed in 1971. However, historical photos and archival brochures indicate there was a “Porpoise Pool” attraction at Floridaland.
“I had every intention of going to visit the dolphin when I got back to the South, but it didn’t work out that way,” Brenner said. “I learned the hard way that dolphins are chattel, and much more emotionally vulnerable than I had ever imagined.”
Brenner said Dolly died about nine months after the last time he saw her.
“I had a vivid dream at the time about dolphins dying in a dark environment which proved to be remarkably similar to the oceanarium where she actually died,” Brenner said.