Norwegian man accuses dolphin of attempted rape

OSLO, Aug 17 (Reuters) - A Norwegian man is accusing a dolphin of attempted rape.

Norway's top-selling daily Verdens Gang on Tuesday quoted the 28-year-old as saying that the dolphin apparently mistook him for a female after swimming alongside him in the sea off Farsund, south Norway, earlier this month.

The dolphin's penis got caught between the man's swimming costume and his legs before the man, who declined to give his name, managed to clamber back on board his boat.

"The dolphin shoved me forward two or three metres before I got loose," he said. "At first I thought it was a fin...but dolphins don't have fins on their underbellies."

A friend of the man, a diving instructor who saw the attack, told Verdens Gang that the dolphin "tried it on with me too, but I was wearing protection - a wetsuit."

REUTERS 17.08.1999