Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Dolphins create a splash off Cushendall

Dolphins at Red Bay
Dolphins at Red Bay
Dolphins at Red Bay
Dolphins at Red Bay

The pretty seaside village of Cushendall welcomed some unusual visitors this week when eight dolphins called into the local harbour.

Paddy McLaughlin, who runs Harry's Restaurant in Mill Street and who is also a keen sailor and volunteers for the RNLI, grabbed his camera and climbed in his boat to record the family swimming in the bay.

"There were about eight of them altogether, they came into the bay at about lunchtime. They were in swirling around so I just jumped out into the boat with some local lads and had a wee play with them in the water," he said.

"There was even a small baby dolphin with them. They were about 200 yards from the shore and they were dancing all around, they were not a bit frightened of the boat.

"There were plenty of people coming down to have a look, a few dozen came out to the shore to see them. It's pretty unusual, although I do remember there were some that came into the bay last year.

"It was such good weather and it was such a nice thing to see; it would have been a waste not to go out into the water with them."

In May, a pod of around 20 dolphins was photographed swimming along the coast from Ballygally to Glenarm.

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