Update: Porpoise Spotted In The River Dee at Connahs Quay Is a Dolphin.
British Divers Marine Life Rescue spokesperson confirmed today that the mammal seen the river Dee is a common dolphin, this was later backed up by the Anglesey sea Zoo, who thought it was also a short beaked common dolphin, though they stressed it was very hard to substantiate from the images below.
The animals are very sociable they added, and it was rare to see one alone.
Stephen Marsh, from the charity British Divers Marine Life Rescue said
“We’ve got people on the way to observe it”.
“The reports from the public said it was swimming quite a lot, clicking quite a lot, so it’s probably feeding”
he also said
” it’s more important that it’s not harassed by the public,”
An Amazing set of pictures taken by Russell Baker on Monday Afternoon at Connahs Quay Dock`s
Russell describes what happened:
A Porpoise spotted circling in the River Dee next to Connahs Quay docks this afternoon, after 30 minutes I placed a call to the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) hotline to advise them of an animal possibly in distress, they advised that it was most likely chasing fish and would depart later on the tide and due to the river width it would be pretty much impossible to coach it out back towards the sea.
The Coastguard then arrived to keep watch as the Porpoise continued to circle in the river however it was slowly edging back towards the sea as I left.
More of Russell`s photographs can be found here Google+