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Named Tiao he soon became the centre of attention, and could often be found surrounded by as many as 30 bathers, all trying to hitch a lift on his back or grab on to his dorsal fin.
The situation worsened as attempts were made to stick ice cream sticks down his blow hole.
Understandably Tiaoís patience was wearing thin. 29 bathers suffered minor injuries, before one swimmer was so severely injured by Tiao, that he later died from internal bleeding.
Later that year, Tiao, dubbed "killer dolphin" by the media, disappeared. It can only be assumed that Tiao had finally had enough and returned to his fellow dolphins.
Unaware of the danger
George has been besieged by excitable bathers and like Taio his patience is wearing thin.
George has already been reported to have hospitilised two adults, bitten several children, as well as pushing a young swimmer out to sea.
Chris Packham interviewed dolphin expert Jenny Alexander who describes George as a troubled, over - sexed young man. Yet few bathers at Weymouth seem aware of the dangers George may pose, or the previous incidents in which he has injured, albeit unintentionally, over friendly bathers.
Look, don't touch
As yet, it is still unknown as to why some dolphins choose to actively seek out the company of humans. But while they do, it is up to everyone to respect and protect George and the rest of these beautiful creatures, both for their safety and yours.
A wonderful, curious and tactile creature he may be, but it must not be forgotten that George and all lone dolphins are wild creatures. If we are to protect them and ourselves then interaction should be actively discouraged.