Two swimmers in Japan suffered minor injuries after being attacked by a dolphin, the latest in a series of incidents that prompted authorities to warn beachgoers against approaching the mammals.
The Fukui Coast Guard Station said Monday that it received a call at about 11:40 a.m. on Aug. 7 about a 39-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man being attacked by a dolphin at a beach in Fukui's Ayukawa district.
The second swimmer, who was not far from the woman, tried to help her by driving away the dolphin, resulting in him being bitten on the palm of his right hand and his left elbow.
The dolphin kept on poking him with its snout when he tried to return to the beach until the man kicked it away. The man required three stitches to his right hand as a result of the attack.
Japanese authorities have previously warned swimmers not to approach dolphins after receiving reports of people being bitten by the mammals.
"People have this image of dolphins as cute creatures, but they are wild animals after all," said Matsuoka. "You should not go near them or touch them because they have sharp teeth."