Dead dolphin found washed up in Ballykelly

The dead dolphin found washed up at Carichue in Ballykelly. Photo: Sarah Jayne Devine
The dead dolphin found washed up at Carichue in Ballykelly. Photo: Sarah Jayne Devine
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A dead dolphin has been found washed up in Ballykelly.

Greysteel woman Sarah-Jayne Devine found the dolphin when she was walking her dog on Sunday evening at Carichue, close to Ballykelly Forest, at around 6.30pm.

“I was with my uncle, and he had two dogs, and I had my dog. I was walking ahead when I spotted something lying in the distance. I wasn’t sure what it was, but I knew it wasn’t a piece of wood. I knew dolphins had been spotted off Portrush and Malin Head. When I looked closer I could see it was a dolphin. It looked as if it had an eye missing and its skin had peeled off, and there seemed to be a lot of blood,” said Sarah-Jayne.

Sarah-Jayne said her uncle measured the dolphin and said it was six feet in length.

The Environment Agency has been made aware of the matter.

A DOE spokesman said: “NIEA was made aware of this today. Staff visited the site but were unable to locate the dolphin. Such cetacean strandings are not unusual. The injuries are typical of scavenger damage.”

Earlier this year, on May 29th, a young minke whale was also found washed up on the shore near Ballykelly. Attempts were made to save the whale, but it died.