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Saturday 20 September 2014

Seven metre long 'whale' washed up on Kerry beach

Published 23/06/2014 | 23:17

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A massive dolphin or a whale that became beached on an inlet in Co Kerry was drawing huge crowds when it refused to return to sea.

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The seven-metre-long mammal, which was initially believed to be a whale but later suspected to be a large dolphin, got into difficulty at Ballyheigue in Tralee bay earlier this evening.

Large crowds of locals tried to push it out to sea with the evening tide but the mammal refused to return to sea and was seen frantically swishing its tail in the bay.

 The Irish Coast Guard was notified at 8.20pm and the mammal was swimming in the water again by about 9.15pm. But more than an hour later, it was still swimming in the bay and hadn’t returned to open sea with the tide, a spokesman told Independent.ie.

“They got him out to the water and he is swimming up and down. Hopefully, he will go away,” the coast guard said.

Meanwhile, a 52-year-old hiker was airlifted by the Coast Guard helicopter from an area called the Devil’s Ladder on Carrantuohill in Co Kerry after suffering from breathing problems yesterday afternoon.

The hiker was flown to Tralee General Hospital where he was treated.

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