For reasons unknown, some dolphins can be found living on their own. One thing is certain however, the more human contact they receive the more vulnerable they become to injury and even death.
Dave was a young female bottlenose dolphin who first appeared off the Kent coast in April 2006. She became habituated to human company over the series of 20 months, received many injuries and then disappeared in November 2007.
An expert dolphin vet gives his opinion on interacting with wild dolphins.
The behaviour of Solitary Sociable dolphins typically differs significantly from other wild dolphins although WDCS believes that care should be taken in interactions with all dolphins.