Strabane: fears grow for Flipper the Foyle dolphin
- 22 July 2014
- From the section Northern Ireland
There are fears for the well-being of a dolphin or porpoise which has become stranded in a river in Strabane nearly 30 miles from the open sea.
The mammal caused quite a stir in the town since appearing at the weekend.
Locals have called it Flipper and crowds of children have been gathering on the banks of the River Foyle to catch a glimpse of it.
However, some people have begun to fear the worst as the dolphin appeared not to be moving on Tuesday afternoon.
Danny Hunter, a local angler, and his son Graham, first spotted the dolphin or porpoise in the river close to Strabane, County Tyrone, on Sunday.
They were out for a stroll at Park Road when they heard strange breathing.
Then they spotted the mammal out in the water.
"I'm 56 and I've been fishing here since I was six years old and I've never seen anything like it," said Danny.
"Nobody has seen its nose, so we're not sure if it is a dolphin or a porpoise.
"It has followed the few salmon we have in the Foyle up the river in high water. But then the water fell back and it has probably got trapped."
He added: "Last night, it was just choc-a-bloc with people. It is absolutely brilliant for the town," said Danny.
"There were loads of children out trying to get a glimpse of him."