Donegal dolphins: Expert urges caution in approaching them

People are being warned to be wary of the unusually large number of bottlenose dolphins which have taken up residence off the coast of Co Donegal.

People are being warned to be wary of the unusually large number of bottlenose dolphins which have taken up residence off the coast of Co Donegal.

Around 100 bottlenose dolphins have been spotted in the inner Donegal Bay between Rossnowlagh Beach and Doorin Head over the past few days.

Onlookers should be able to see the dolphins as the bottlenose tends to swim close to the shore.

But speaking to Ocean fm, Dr Simon Berrow from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group says the dolphins should be treated with respect.

"They're big, robust animals and very active. They're also very curious and will approach boats and people," he said.

"They're wild creatures living in an environment that is totally alien to us…You should be way of them and treat them with respect."

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