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Obsessed tourist 'marries' Israeli dolphin; 'I'm not a pervert'

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EILAT, Israel -- Till death do us part? An unusual wedding ceremony was held in the southern resort town of Eilat on Wednesday, as Sharon Tendler, a 41-years-old Jewish millionaire from London married her beloved Cindy, a 35-years-old dolphin, Israel's leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported Thursday.

The groom, a resident of the Eilat dolphin reef, met Tendler 15 years ago, when she first visited the resort. The British rock concert producer took a liking to the dolphin and has made a habit of traveling to Eilat two or three times a year and spending time with her underwater sweetheart.

"The peace and tranquility underwater, and his love, would calm me down," the excited bride said after the wedding.

After a years-long romance, Tendler decided to embark on the highly unusual path of tying the knot with her beloved dolphin. Last week, she approached Cindy's trainer Maya Zilber with the extraordinary request.

Zilber accepted the challenge and "talked the idea over with the fellow," who apparently consented.

'I'm not a pervert'

And so on Wednesday afternoon, the thrilled bride, wearing a white dress, walked down the dock before hundreds of astounded visitors and kneeled down before her groom, who was waiting in the water.

Cindy, escorted by his fellow best-men dolphins, swam over to Tendler and she hugged him, whispered sweet nothings in his ear, and kissed him in front of the cheering crowd.

After the ceremony was sealed with some mackerels, Tendler was tossed into the water by her friends so that she could swim with her new husband.

"I'm the happiest girl on earth," the bride said as she chocked back tears of emotion. "I made a dream come true, and I am not a pervert," she stressed.

Tendler said she and her newly wed husband will probably spend their wedding night bowling.

"But what kind of children would they have?" one of the children in the crowd asked his father.


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Reader Comments

12 people have commented so far. cloud add your comment

This is a sad world. When people do such ridiculous things and they are printed for everyone to read, what else are we supposed to think?
   comment# 1   - rachel · olney, maryland · Dec 19, 2006 @ 3:59pm

The footnote should also include the fact that the Dolphin died soon after. I think its death and the reasons around that event are far more interesting.
   comment# 2   - tom deck · usa · Jan 31, 2007 @ 10:10am

   comment# 3   - R.S.K. · Jamaica · Feb 9, 2007 @ 4:29pm

Yes, why dont they point out the fact that the dolphin did die shortley after being married. and now what happens to all his mackerels does she keep them ? or what ? lol
   comment# 4   - Pastor Wiliam Rennick · USA · Feb 14, 2007 @ 2:40pm

i thought gay marriage was crazy! now some woman married a dolphin...i've seen it all now...the end is near
   comment# 5   - Matt Feher · Pittsburgh PA · Feb 28, 2007 @ 6:32pm

How and why would one do this? Don't you need to have sex to make a marriage official? So did she get to take the dolphin home??
   comment# 6   - Melissa · Ferndale, Michigan · Apr 2, 2007 @ 1:25pm

I really think this is a joke or something. Most of the topics on this website have to be just a joke. They dont make sense! Stop wasting people's valuable time and do something productive with your website!
   comment# 7   - Steven Shown · TX · May 8, 2007 @ 11:38am

Has anyone stopped to think of the dolphins kept in this place? Captive dolphins are often snatched from the wild, have to conduct tricks for food, suffer bordom, stress and breeding problems. Despite what the facility says they do not open the pen gates for these dolphins, they were banned as the poor things went out begging for food. These poor animals are suffering because we humans think they're cute and happy there. But, even dead dolphins smile!
   comment# 8   - Laura · England, UK · May 29, 2007 @ 6:17am

Dolphins can be dangerous, both wild and captive (more so captive). They DO attack humans. They do not belong to human beings. They should not be forced to interact with people. They have their own societies. As it was once said, “I can assure you dolphins don't want to be with us as much as we want to be with them” Naomi Rose, marine mammal scientist with the Humane Society of the United States.
   comment# 9   - idell · Australia · Sep 8, 2007 @ 5:55pm

leave the woman alone,if this makes her happy and peace of mind ,why not do it ,certainly without causing any damage to the dolphin,i was wondering is it true that the dolphin died and why,you know love makes miracles,no need for sex to be involved,is that all you guys can think about
   comment# 10   - cecilia · guatemala · Mar 26, 2008 @ 11:43am

this lady is so nuts. why can't she leave animal marriages alone?
   comment# 11   - the next president · inside your mind · Dec 18, 2008 @ 9:13am

im sorry but this is another case of somebody does not have there screwed on tight..i love my dog but i concider him to be like a child one who needs my help in having food water a warm clean place to live and all his vet needs taken care of..falling in love and marrying a dolphin this lady really needs help..dolphins are beautiful to watch and swim with but more than a trainer or friendship it should end there....lady please get help
   comment# 12   - jacklyn lauren · United States · Sep 25, 2012 @ 10:43am
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