IRELAND may have a new star mammal in its waters as sightings of a bottlenose dolphin in Co. Tipperary have caused a stir among residents.
Pictures taken yesterday, in Carrick-on-Suir, by local resident Jackie Ryan, show the playful mammal swimming about in the river, according to Joe.ie.
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Its not the first time dolphins have been spotted in the river, with a pair found frolicking in its waters in Watreford in November 2016, but they don't usually find their way as far inland as Carrick.
Local Fianna Fail Councillor Kieran Bourke first heard the news while having his hair cut.
"I was off getting a haircut an hour ago, and I heard it in the barber shop that there was a dolphin in the River Suir," he siad yesterday.
"It's very unusual for a dolphin to come up that far. Carrick-on-Suir is tidal to within about a mile on the Clonmel side, so that may have something to do with it."
On the Facebook page 'Fungie Forever' dedicated to the Dingle dolphin, an update was given on his welfare the day after the storm.
They said: "It's an exceptional wonderful sunny and calm day, but Ophelia left a a few 'marks' on dear old Fungie.
"You might say he has a few more beauty marks now.
"Two cuts - but they do not look too serious and we know how fast dolphin skin heals, so we are quite positive this will just leave some scars.
"Fungie is fine," they said.