Dozens of dolphins delight the tourists and have whale of a time
UP to 50 dolphins have been putting on mesmerising displays for tourists flocking to Ireland's most northerly point.
Killer whales and basking sharks popping in and out of the water off Malin Head in Co Donegal are helping to draw visitors. But it's the astonishing numbers of dolphins off the Inishowen peninsula which have left local people stunned.
"At the weekend we had a dozen of them in six feet of water off the beach here," said Ali Farren, who runs the Ardmalin Caravan Park at Malin Head.
"I don't know what it is about this year but there are just so many of them.
"We know tens of thousands of people head to Dingle every year searching for just one dolphin; we're spoiled for choice."
John Henry McLaughlin has found his Inishowen Boating Company vessels inundated with requests to go dolphin-spotting. He said: "The odd time you might not see them, but you almost always do and they'll often come alongside the boat."
Marine expert Emmet Johnston, the Wildlife Service's Park Ranger for Inishowen, says the large number of dolphins is a result of the unique marine environment.