A DOLPHIN has been rescued after it became stranded on a beach in Tralee, Co. Kerry.
Reportedly, a passer-by noticed the porpoise in trouble on a beach near Frogmore on Thursday morning and contacted gardai.
According to a local source, the animal had stranded on the beach at low tide and was spotted by a person walking in the area.
After they arrived on the scene, guards went to get wet towels to place on the skin of the struggling dolphin.
Gardai themselves then enlisted the help of Tralee fire brigade and together they safely returned the dolphin to the water.
A garda spokesman said: “Gardai in Tralee attended the scene of an incident on Cockelshell Road, Tralee at approximately 8.15am today Thursday 25th July 2019 where a dolphin was discovered beached.
“Local Fire Services were called and they assisted Gardai in returning the dolphin to the water,” he added.
Co. Kerry is notorious for its resident dolphin population, and just round the corner in Dingle, a famous dolphin named Fungi can be regularly seen swimming in the bay and interacting with boats as they sail in and out of the town.
The dolphin found stranded in Tralee isn’t believed to have been Fungi, however.