Dolphin May Be Bullying Victim

    A dolphin swims in wetlands at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach, Calif., Monday, Aug. 30, 2012. Rescue crews who tried unsuccessfully over the weekend to guide the confused dolphin from the shallow waters of Bolsa Chica decided Monday to hang back and allow the dolphin to return to the open sea at its own pace. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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    A lone dolphin who has spent the past five days trapped in Orange County’s Bolsa Chica Wetlands may be there because it is a victim of bullying and is choosing to stay, wildlife experts said Monday. Mammal expert Peter Wallerstein said forcing the dolphin to move could be a “death blow,” and “the last thing we want to do is force a confrontation.” Wallerstein said the dolphin’s breathing rate is good, and it has plenty of fish to eat in the Southern California wetlands. As for the dolphin bullying, Wallerstein said it’s not as rare as it may sound. “People think they are happy, loving animals, but they have a dark side and can be aggressive with each other.”

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