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WATCH: A Dolphin Has Been Spotted In The Liffey

By Jen

June 10, 2019 at 11:12am

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A dolphin was spotted in the Liffey earlier today and someone caught it on camera.

The Twitter user spotted the dolphin down by the docks near the Jeanie Johnson famine ship.

Have a look at the little guy in the videos below:

The Irish Dolphin and Whale Group posted another video saying that it appeared to be a common short-nosed dolphin.

They also asked people to leave the dolphin alone as it appears in good health.

They said, "First thing this morning, IWDG received this really interesting video from Dublin of a dolphin, but this wasn't a run of the mill sighting, as it was swimming in Sir. John Rogersons Quay between the Sean O' Casey and Samuel Beckett bridges near Dublin City Ctr. This video was sent to us by John O' Neill of the STV Jeanie Johnston and confirms it to be a short-beaked common dolphin and the video suggests the animal was swimming strongly and likely to have been feeding.

"We've since received several calls from concerned members of the public asking what can be done for it, and our reply is as always in these circumstances not to interfere. If this dolphin is, as the video suggests, in good health, and was able to swim upriver into the City Ctr., then it should be able to swim downriver on its own steam. Indeed John's last observation of it after 09:00am was that it was swimming back towards the East Link bridge.

"But an IWDG member at 11:15am am has just confirmed it is currently at St. George's Quay in front of the Custom House building. IWDG marine mammal ecologist, Clowie Russell is in the area monitoring the situation. So hopefully it will make a safe return out into Dublin Bay.

"This is not the 1st incursion by small cetaceans up the River Liffey as on 15th Aug. 2018 IWDG received another record of a small cetacean (species unknown) at the East Link toll bridge that was reported by Eoin Mullowney and as recently as Nov. 8th a pod of c.20 common dolphins were recorded and videod by James Baxter from a commercial fishing boat off Laytown, Co. Meath area, so we know this species is currently to be seen off our east coast."

Have you spotted our friendly visitor?

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