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Ireland Whale spotted swimming around River Liffey

20:00  02 october  2019
20:00  02 october  2019 Source:   dublinlive.ie

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The dolphin has been swimming around the River Liffey in Dublin city centre. Clowie Russell, marine mammal ecologist with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, said the sighting was “unusual” and “Common dolphins are not usually seen in the river Liffey so it is unusual, they normally are

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An apparent whale has been spotted swimming around the Liffey close to the opening onto Dublin Bay.

The creature, which is believed to be a minke whale, was seen around lunchtime today by Stenna Berth in Dublin Port.

It is around 20 ft long.

The type is known to grow up to 23 ft long and is distinguished from others by a white band on each flipper while they tend to live for 30-50 years.

The most likely reason the whale was in the river was to feed with a local worker telling RTE he's never seen a whale come in before.

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Jimmy Murray said he'd rarely see a basking shark but has never seen a whale on the river.

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group has put out an appeal to anyone who may have footage and videos to get in contact with them on their Facebook.

They said: "An unusual sighting of a whale inside Dublin Port has been reported to IWDG. We are currently reviewing available photos and video footage to confirm the species of this animal.

"However, if anyone in the area has sighted it and has any additional photos, videos or information about it we would appreciate if you could let us know!"

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