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16th Oct 2023

Crowds gather to see dolphins swimming along the River Lee in Cork

Fiona Frawley

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“Let’s hope they find their way out”.

Corkonians were surprised to see six dolphins weaving through the waters of the River Lee over the weekend, frolicking in groups of two and three between the city’s Parliament and Trinity bridges.

The graceful swimmers were spotted at around 5:40pm, with cars slowing down and passersby capturing footage for social media.

There was speculation among sea creature enthusiasts as to what type the dolphins were, with the general consensus being they were delphinus delphi, also known as common dolphins.

This isn’t the first time dolphins have been spotted in the Rebel river – a couple were spotted by local photographer Terry McAuliffe in March of this year, with  another pair were also seen playing in the Lee back in November of 2021.

While onlookers worried the animals could be lost or in distress they seemed happy enough, and are believed to have travelled back down the river to Cork Harbour as the tide went out, Echo Live reported.

Header images via Getty 


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