Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Warning after dolphin 'aggressively pushed man underwater' off Irish coast

A bottlenose dolphin has "aggressively" pushed a man underwater off the County Cork coast, according to a report made to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.

The report stated that the dolphin attacked the man twice and "lashed out with its tail", during the incident off Sherkin Island about two weeks ago.
A bottlenose dolphin
It prompted the IWDG to repeat warnings that swimmers should be extremely cautious if interacting with dolphins.
The dolphin, known as Clet, is a new visitor to Irish waters this year.
'Bit of a shock'

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Do not confuse the shape of their jawline with a smile. They can and do cause serious injury to humans and have killed in the past”
Irish Whale and Dolphin Group
The adult bottlenose is believed to have originated in French waters, but has been sighted off the Cork coast throughout the summer.
The incident took place on 26 July and the IWDG's sightings log said: "We are aware of a report of an adult swimmer nearby in wetsuit and mask, from a yacht at anchor, being aggressively pushed underwater by the dolphin.
"They got a bit of a shock as a result."

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