Meet the Man Who Had Sex with a Dolphin (and Wrote a Book About It)

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Matt Saincome
Malcolm J. Brenner, with his book, Wet Goddess

Malcolm J. Brenner, the controversial author of Wet Goddess, the autobiographical novel of a young man's love affair with a dolphin, relaxes on a computer chair inside a San Francisco apartment, gently stroking one of the two cats occupying the room with us. His red sweater is wiry and frayed, like the hairs on his balding head. He's 40 years older than he was when he drove to a near-abandoned Florida amusement park with the intent to "make love" with a dolphin he had been photographing for nine months.

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The book, which he self-published, has gotten him fired from jobs and ended relationships, and with employers Google-searching most applicants, has made work hard to come by.

Brenner describes sex acts with various animals (including his dog) with the same level of calm most people use to tell you what they had for breakfast. And when he speaks of Dolly, the dolphin he had sex with while submerged underwater in 1971, you can see in his eyes that he can still see her, as if she is right there in front of him. It's the same look he had on his face when he told me after the interview that he was molested as a child.

Brenner was raised in a family that believed in the works of Wilhelm Reich, the Austrian psychoanalyst who believed in preventing the "armoring" of children from birth through a process called "vegetotherapy," which looked to establish a patient's "orgasm reflex" and "orgastic potency," which Reich described as "the ability for total surrender to the involuntary contractions of the organism and the complete discharge of the excitation at the acme of the genital embrace."

Many of Reich's patients say they were sexually assaulted.

I went into the interview with humorous intentions, knowing nothing about Reich's bizarre, orgasm-obsessed theories. Afterward, when Brenner told me that Albert Duvall, the physician in charge of Reich's infant research center in New Jersey, molested him several times in his office, I didn't feel like laughing anymore. Instead, I called Brenner to ask about the molestation.

"What he would do is poke and prod his thumb into sore or stiff areas. What Reich and my parents didn't know is that he was also sexually molesting his young patients. That was not part of the therapy," Brenner recalled.

He claims that several other children were molested by Duvall as well.

"He was a very cold, ruthless, and calculating man," Brenner said, adding, "We all complained to our parents what this guy was doing to us. That he was hurting us. That he was doing sexual things to us, and none of them did anything about it."

According to Brenner, growing up in the pseudo-scientific cult, which is the topic of his upcoming second book, Growing Up in the Orgone Box: Secrets of a Reichian Childhood, led to his zoophilia. No one who ever got the chance to speak face-to-face with Brenner, like I did, could doubt the validity of his story.

Mr. Brenner, we're going to be covering a lot of subjects in great deal of detail over the course of this interview, but I'd like to begin completely out of context by asking you one question, more than any other, almost every American and people all over the world want me to ask. Did you put it in the blowhole or the va-jay-jay?

It was vaginal sex. Vaginal sex. Blowholes are for breathing. Sometimes male dolphins do each other in the blowhole, but you wouldn't find me trying to do that.

Would it be oral if you put it in the blowhole?

It wouldn't be oral because it's not their mouth -- their mouths are full of teeth. It would be nasal sex.

Zach, the main character in your book, developed a telepathic communication channel with the dolphin, Ruby ...

He believed he did.

Yeah, he believed he did. It's an autobiographic novel, so does that mean you had a telepathic connection to the dolphin?

Everything about the dolphins in the book I wrote is based very closely on what happened with me. The only changes I made were about the human beings, and really minor ones at that. The book was as close to the real story as I could tell it. So yeah, I thought I was in telepathic contact with the dolphin.

It bedeviled me, because I knew it seemed improbable and it shouldn't be happening, you know? I was getting high a lot, so maybe I was just stoned? But then it would happen when I wasn't getting high, so it was very confusing.

But I've since learned I'm not the only person to have those kinds of experiences. I've talked with dolphin trainers and people who work with dolphins in the military, and if you really get deeply involved with dolphins, and you're open to these kind of experiences, and you're not being told that they don't happen or you can't talk about them because you work for Sea World, then a surprising number of people seem to have them.

[awkward pause]

Next question?

©2011 Malcolm J. Brenner
Malcolm J. Brenner with Dolly, the dolphin he had sex with.

Sure! How much foreplay are dolphins into?

They're into a lot.

You say the dolphin courted you originally, right?

Yeah! I didn't go in there with the idea of "Gee, I'd like to have sex with a dolphin." That was the last thing on my mind, actually.

What did the dolphin do? Did it send you late-night text messages with a whole bunch of emojis?

No, this was 1971, you have to remember. We were backwards then.

It started off the first time I got in the water with the dolphin. I was enthralled to get that close with a dolphin -- it was something I've always wanted to do. My interest in dolphins originally came with my interest in outer space and extraterrestrial communication. John Lilly had just received a grant from NASA to study dolphin intelligence because he said it might help us understand aliens if we ever meet them.

So I got in the water with the dolphin. I was standing there and she was lying at my feet. I was in the water basically up to my knees. You have to understand something about this dolphin, because she was a very unusual dolphin. She was the only dolphin outside of the U.S. military that was trained to swim out into open water and come back. And she did, I kept wondering why she didn't just swim off.

So I was in her pen with her, and she was kept in isolation from most of the other dolphins. She was alone pretty much -- and lonely. I started rubbing her head and she swam forward slowly and as she swam forward I kept rubbing her. I was rubbing her back, I was rubbing her belly, and then I was rubbing her genital slit, which is where the vagina is located. That's where she stopped. And I thought, "Hmm, this is embarrassing."

So I backed up and I went back to her head again and the exact same thing happened. That was how she began courting me. Now, apparently this was something she did with a lot of humans.

Yeah? So this dolphin had a reputation, then?

No one ever told me she had a reputation. But I just picked it up from her and other things later on, that she was interested in studying people. I think that's why she kept coming back and not swimming off.

Later on, she got much more aggressive, like you read in the chapter I put online. She beat up my girlfriend and tossed her out of the pool and she would come on very strongly to me. She would rub her vulva against me. She would masturbate on my feet. If I didn't let her do that, if I resisted, she would beat me up. One time, when I was especially resisting, she pushed me down to the bottom of the pool, which was 12 feet deep.

This is a 400-pound animal, this thing is a predator, you know? They're not Flipper. She wanted what she wanted, and she wasn't getting it from me. But then, after a series of [he points to both sides of his temples] communications with her, her courtship behavior changed. She became very gentle, almost passive. I noticed the change and I said, "What's going on here? How have I managed to communicate with this creature?"

She began doing things like opening her jaws and running her teeth very lightly along my legs and my arms. It was an amazing sensation, because they have like 88 teeth in their mouth. And she wasn't hurting me. She was courting me, dolphin-style, but without the dolphin roughness.

Next: Brenner confronts issues of animal harm


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32 comments
Loraine Hutchins
Loraine Hutchins

yes i do remember the story, thought it was rather interesting ...

Janice Rael
Janice Rael

just read the article, brb, bleaching my eyes

Dr_Cyko
Dr_Cyko

FLIPPER NOOOOOO!!!!!!

Skeptical4sure
Skeptical4sure

His book states in the front page  that it is a work of FICTION, and the usual disclaimers about none of the characters being real persons, places or events.

So which is it his book is the fictional lie, or his story is the lie? He's now claiming the story is real but the book states otherwise, have to keep the lies straight when you tell them otherwise you get confusion like this and someone calls you on it.

You can't write a book and put in print on the first page the disclaimer about it being a  work of FICTION, and then later go around and say "yeah I had sex with the dolphin."

Theresa Geary
Theresa Geary

isn't that behavior illegal? I know most pet owners consider that to be molestation. Interesting to know that his "rationale" was that she, the dolphin, came onto him and "wanted it", similar to the often heard rationale of rapists and child molesters, which society frowns upon for many reasons.

barryeisenberg
barryeisenberg

Mindblowing. Dolphins must be even hornier/raunchier than humans. You do read stories at times of them coming on to people. They've got very large brains and are complex creatures. I think the author a very adventuresome man and very courageous in telling his story. Many will condemn him out of hand but I don't, not at all. He seems like an intelligent and thoughtful person and I found this a fascinating read.

buffalocells
buffalocells

I think Mr. Brenner comes across very well in this interview, but the interviewer sounds like an imbecile. Honestly, what kind of dimwit says "va-jay-jay" instead of "vagina" and thinks fucking a dolphin's blowhole qualifies as oral sex? 

Augie Smarkel
Augie Smarkel

Well for all you haters all I have to say is Eeee eee EEE Eeee EE!

Sine
Sine

The relationship was clearly mutual. Where's the problem with it? He didn't rape the dolphin, and the dolphin wanted it. Excellent read.

dennis_cica
dennis_cica

/facepalm .... or maybe more appropriately /faceflipper

Will Fay III
Will Fay III

he's trying to make a peace treaty it seems. efforts of futility

suzeaa
suzeaa

Since he knows he was molested he also knows how sick and twisted it is, yet he does it to the most innocent on Earth.  Cut his dick off.

An Gela
An Gela

Will Fay III did you see this?!!

Lelana Ferrando
Lelana Ferrando

This is sick, and he is proud of it, that is even sicker...

Kevin Tyler Muncy
Kevin Tyler Muncy

Damn! I was shocked when I heard people were having sex with donkeys and horses! Dolphins! ROTFL for Sheezy!

oleandroso
oleandroso

Shut the fuck up with your stupid neo-femeinist argouments, you stupid dried up cunt.


A dolphin, a large sea creature with intelligence almost as par as human's, that has no mean to communicate with humans but using body language, starts rubbing its genetals on you.


What do you think it wants? fucking cheetos?


Fuckoff and bring your stupid "muh rape, muh pathriarchy" argouments with you.

Skeptical4sure
Skeptical4sure

@Theresa Geary who cares, it's a work of fiction according to the book itself, I bought it used on Amazon cheap.

I don't why anyone is giving it press now when it's just fiction.

mattsaincome
mattsaincome

@buffalocells Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

buffalocells
buffalocells

Me neither, and fapping all the while to boot. 

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