Friday 20 September 2019

Making a big splash: Dolphin enjoys swim in Liffey

Playful visitor: A dolphin jumps from the Liffey at the Rosie Hackett Bridge before swimming out to sea. PHOTO: TONY GAVIN
Playful visitor: A dolphin jumps from the Liffey at the Rosie Hackett Bridge before swimming out to sea. PHOTO: TONY GAVIN

A dolphin was spotted swimming and frolicking in the River Liffey in Dublin yesterday.

Video footage emerged of the aquatic mammal swimming at the East Link Bridge and then up as far as the Millennium Bridge.

The Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) said the animal's sonar was affected by the stormy weather, which may have stirred up the river bed. "His sonar is acting up a bit because of all the silt that's coming up from the bottom of the Liffey," said Gillian Bird from the DSPCA.

"He is swimming in circles, but he's actually OK and will go back out to sea."

Experts say it's not uncommon for dolphins to swim into rivers.

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group said there was a sighting in the River Liffey on August 15: "In recent years, several species of cetaceans have been recorded near Cork city centre in the River Lee, which has seen similar incursions by common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoises."

Irish Independent

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