The bullied dolphin currently chilling out in the wetlands near Huntington Beach, California is likely to eventually get back out to sea himself, experts who have been watching the creature say.
Bullying is a trendy problem in America, and it doesn’t seem to be confined to mammals that walk upright. While dolphins can’t cyberbully one another (yet), it has been posited that the little dude hanging out in the Bolsa Chica wetlands in Southern California may have been treated quite shabbily by his fellow dolphins, forcing him to seek refuge in the unusual habitat.
Although dolphins are usually social and travel together, director of Marine Animal Rescue Peter Wallerstein told press that the bullied dolphin may have (oh, my God, this is so sad) been blocked from rejoining the group by other dolphins. Wallerstein admits such ostracization would be considered very rare, but that it would explain the bullied dolphin’s solitary presence in the wetlands:
“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.”
Dolphins. They’re the football-playing douches of the ocean, casting out one of their second-tier players when he fumbles. MSNBC explains how Wallerstein’s assertion may have been backed up due to cruel behavior by other dolphins witnessed during an attempt over the weekend to return the bullied dolphin to the ocean:
“On Saturday, Wallerstein and officers from the state Department of Fish and Game used paddle boards to shoo the dolphin back to the ocean. When two other dolphins emerged, apparently blocking the lone dolphin’s path back to the ocean, it dove under the paddle boards and swam back to the wetlands.”
It Gets Better, bullied dolphin! Observers say the creature- which some have dubbed Bolsa Chica Bob- should be able to make its way back to the sea without assistance.