Although dolphin sightings in Dublin are not common, a handful has occurred recently as reported by Dublin Live.
To the amazement of the crew, a pod of more than 20 playful dolphins swam alongside their yacht on Friday in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
The team was able to record the scene in an amazing video, which Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown County Council posted online. According to the municipality, a cruise liner was anchored in Dublin Bay on Friday morning and was making a stop at Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
They stumbled upon a pod of nearly 20 dolphins as they were making their way out to the cruise ship. The dolphins hung around by the tour boats for about an hour before swimming away as the bay filled with traffic.
Dolphins aren’t native to Dublin Bay, meaning this visit was quite a surprise for many locals in the area. And here are some things you may not know about the fantastic creatures:
- The killer whale is the largest species of dolphin.
- Some can reach speeds of 48 kph.
- They don’t chew their food, they swallow it whole!
- Bottlenose dolphins can recognise themselves in a mirror.
Social media users were thrilled to see the unusual dolphin sighting. Someone wrote: “Wow, this is certainly not a common occurrence in Dublin! Amazing!”
It was amazing to watch dolphins in the bay this morning, according to another commenter. “Gorgeous pod of dolphins and incredibly nice,” a third individual wrote.
Although dolphin sightings in Dublin are uncommon, there has been a handful in recent months, including one in March when a dolphin was observed taking a rare swim in the River Liffey. According to Whale Watch West Cork, the Short-beaked Common Dolphin and the Bottlenose Dolphin are the most often seen species.
There was a lot to see in Dublin Bay this morning!
— Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (@dlrcc) July 29, 2022
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Source: Dublin Live